San Mateo Legislator Seeks to Shut Down SF’s Local Hire Ordinance

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San Francisco’s local hire ordinance is under attack, reports the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper.

Last Christmas, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos’s proposal to increase job opportunities for union members on city-funded construction became law. Interim Mayor Edwin Lee has called
implementation of the jobs measure “one of his top five policy priorities” in 2011, according to the San Francisco Bay View.

But San Mateo Assembly member Jerry Hill recently unveiled legislation that could shut down state-funded work for San Francisco and San Mateo union members, the Bay View reports. In an effort to combat what Hill calls “the increased construction costs of local hiring” the Bay View reports, the bill would ban state-funded construction in any city that has a local hiring law.

The San Francisco ordinance requires that by 2016, at least half of work hours on city-sponsored construction projects go to local residents.

“I can’t believe that a politician with local unemployment almost as high as our own would propose a law that ties the hands of opportunity for his constituents and the rest of California,” said James Bryant,
director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, a San Francisco Labor Council affiliate that represents Bay Area tradesmen and tradeswomen of color. “I was honestly surprised to learn that Hill is a Democrat,”
Bryant told the Bay View.

Joshua Arce, executive director of Brightline Defense Project, who worked with Supervisor Avalos and others to craft the San Francisco local hiring law, added that Hill’s proposal “will hurt workers statewide, including in his own district.”