Union Rules Shut Down Solar Farm Construction
|No work today|
Politicians promised that if the private-public-power-purchase agreement -- meaning they build it, we buy it -- were approved that it would hire locally, and hire from low-income neighborhoods. However, there wasn't enough work on the project to quite satisfy both union members half-starved for work as well as untrained labor from SF neighborhoods.
The Examiner appears to be the only media currently on this story. Our friends there report:
Under conditions imposed by city leaders, 21 local laborers from disadvantaged neighborhoods are supposed to be working on the project, but only nine were at the site Monday. The laborers are trained by The City.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, on the other hand, places its members on jobs from anywhere in the region.The Snitch can't guess at what kind of compromise city leaders can find amongst workers: they made a promise they can't keep. It's going to be ugly, and it's going to delay the turn-on of renewable energy. Lose-lose.
Protest organizer Aboriginal Blackmen United, a Bayview district group that placed laborers on the project, plans a similar action today, according to founder James Richards.
"Unless we work, nobody works," he said.