Wednesday, February 24, 2010

400 Trade Unionists Support Mayor's efforts to stimulate construction job opportunities in San Francisco.

San Francisco: This afternoon, before almost 400 working men and women Mayor Gavin Newsom advocated for a plan to defer construction fees in order to fast track construction projects and assist Local Unions with their increasing out of work lists. The event was coordinated between the SF Building Trades Council and the Laborers' Union, Local 261.
(read the Mayor's press release)
Following the discussion, LiUNA!, Local 261 City Committee members met for sometime to discuss the budget and alternatives to the 37.5/hr work week. All Chief Stewards presented and there was in-depth discussion on every issue currently being discussed.
Following a presentation from the Mayor's office (a powerpoint illustrating the 522 million dollar deficit,) many members stepped up to the mic and let the Brothers and Sisters know what was on their mind.
Most agreed that the crisis was for real and, furthermore, that it would be proper to meet with the City and propose "opening" to counter the current proposal. It was also decided after some discussion, that there would be some potential economic movement by the Union related to collective efforts at reaching resolution moving forward.

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