Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Oct
2015
2

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job
  NOTE: One article this post points to went behind paywall after publication Contractors who worked on the new Apple flagship store in San Francisco claim they have yet to be paid, sparking a conflict between one of the world’s largest companies and local contractors and unions.  Build Group says a $5.2 million bill is [&hellip...
Apr
2015
10

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction
  Ever since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to outsource major components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge renovation to Chinese contractors, members of the labor community have expressed concern about quality and jobs being compromised in the name of cutting costs.  In the end, no real money was saved and the project...
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Aug
2014
28

Teach the Children Well: SF Expo Brings Local Youth a Step Closer to Construction Careers

  In preparation for the San Francisco region’s coming construction boom, a first-of-its-kind trades exposition was held at the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard to highlight career opportunities in the building and construction trades.  The location of the exposition was the site of San Francisco’s largest private development project....
Jun
2014
19

$15 Minimum Wage Catches On In San Fran

$15 Minimum Wage Catches On In San Fran
  A $15 minimum wage. That’s what San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee wants. Alongside a full Board of Supervisors, members of labor and community groups, and a member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a “consensus measure” for the November ballot was announced. If passed, the minimum wage boost would go into effect in [&hellip...
Mar
2014
14

$58 Million More Union Pension Dollars Invested in SF Housing Construction

  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $58 million commitment to the 101 Polk development in San Francisco.  Construction of the $82.8 million multi-family development in the city’s Central Market neighborhood is expected to create 350 union construction jobs.  Upon completion, the thirteen-story building...
Feb
2014
28

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF
  In San Francisco, three years after championing legislation that mandated 30 percent local hiring on publicly-funded projects, Supervisor John Avalos is seeking the same requirements for private developments on city-owned land.  Avalos introduced legislation at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week and was joined by members of several...
Sep
2013
20

There Isn’t a Single Neighborhood in SF Where Working Three Full-Time Minimum Wage Jobs Gets You a Two-Bedroom Apartment

There Isn't a Single Neighborhood in SF Where Working Three Full-Time Minimum Wage Jobs Gets You a Two-Bedroom Apartment
  A new map provided by the San Francisco Department of Public Health shows how many minimum wage jobs it would take to rent a two-bedroom apartment in each of the city’s neighborhoods.  The results are not shocking but remain quite disturbing and act as yet another morsel of evidence that the minimum wage should [&hellip...
Jul
2013
17

Unite Here Demands Boycott of SF Giants’ Stadium Food. Quality Graphic Design Ensues.

Unite Here Demands Boycott of SF Giants' Stadium Food.  Quality Graphic Design Ensues.
  Unite Here Local 2 in San Francisco has a great new graphic demanding a boycott of the stadium’s food until wages are raised. The union has not had a raise since 2009 despite explosive profit gains for the organization as a whole. Visit their tumblr for more info, and share their graphic for more [&hellip...
Jul
2013
16

39-Story Condominium, Funded by Union Labor and Pension Funds, is ULLICO’s First SF Project in 5 Years

39-Story Condominium, Funded by Union Labor and Pension Funds, is ULLICO's First SF Project in 5 Years
  A new 39-story condominium in San Francisco is being built and funded by union labor and pension funds. It is the 51st project funded in the city by Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO) and the first since 2008.   At a luncheon celebration held at the Courtyard Marriot, ULLICO President and CEO Ed [&hellip...
Jul
2013
2

Chevron Refinery Inks Project Labor Agreement for Renovations, SF Water Authority Does the Same

  Modernization of Chevron U.S.A.’s refinery in Richmond, CA will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project will update and replace older equipment with new technology helping the facility reach “zero net” greenhouse emissions. It is the state’s goal to have all commercial buildings meet this requirement by...
Jun
2013
27

BART Strike Looms in San Francisco as Officials Trot Out “Phony” Budget Crisis

BART Strike Looms in San Francisco as Officials Trot Out
  Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers may go on strike as early as Monday citing unchecked safety concerns and a lack of good faith bargaining during recent contract negotiations.   Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers at BART, voted on...
May
2013
29

SF Bay Bridge, Partially Built With Chinese Parts and Labor, Experiencing Dangerous Bolt Failures

SF Bay Bridge, Partially Built With Chinese Parts and Labor, Experiencing Dangerous Bolt Failures
  In June of 2011, we questioned the logic of using Chinese steel and labor on the massive San Francisco Bay Bridge renovation project.  The call for homegrown job-creation was as audible as at any time in President Obama’s tenure and the need for bolstering U.S. manufacturing was no less pressing. We weren’t alone in [&hellip...