How a simmering labor rift could sink San Franciscos titanic 600M affordable

first_imgTo wit, over the past several weeks, the city’s organized labor leaders and the mayor’s office have been engaged in intense negotiations. A counter-intuitive scenario has been unfolding: To date, the biggest obstacle in the way of the $600 million affordable housing bond proposed this month by Mayor London Breed and Board President Norman Yee has been organized labor — specifically, the building trades who’d be building this housing and the beneficiaries of more than half a billion dollars worth of work. Yes, it is that jarring: Organized labor has been the biggest critic of a bond that would project a blown fire hydrant of money and work toward organized labor. The particulars of this argument are actually far less notable than the head-smacking reality that this argument is happening — and that the fate of a $600 million affordable housing bond (of which the city could use a bit) hangs in the balance. But here’s the nitty gritty: Organized labor believes this forthcoming cavalcade of construction should be covered under a recently passed city law that requires much large-scale work in San Francisco to be subject to a “project labor agreement” before shovels hit the ground. And City Hall — a rather large swath of the folks working in City Hall — says that law doesn’t apply to this forthcoming massive bond. Quite a predicament. What do the receipts say?Always check the receipts.Well, it seems to be pretty clear: The work to be undertaken via the potential forthcoming $600 million bond would not come under this year’s “project labor agreement” law. That’s the conclusion many of our elected and appointed officials have reached after reading the definition of “covered project” on page five of the actual law in question. And, crucially, the City Attorney’s office feels this way, too. “I don’t think there’s any ambiguity in the ordinance that should have caused that confusion,” states Deputy City Attorney Jon Givner in a May 14 letter sent to a minyan’s worth of mayoral and board officials.This may be clear-cut in the eyes of city politicians and our city attorney. But this situation is far from clear-cut. There’s still plenty to talk about here.Because for that $600 million bond to come to pass, six supervisors must first agree to put it on the ballot. And, if that comes to pass, two-thirds of the voters must vote for it. And all of that will be hard to do if organized labor decides to make it hard to do. “We’ll see what happens if they hand us a shit sandwich,” says one labor leader, who is hoping city officials will proffer a better manner of sandwich labor’s way. “Last time I checked, power respects power.”A project rises in the Mission.Having spoken to a goodly number of city leaders and labor officials, there seems to be genuine surprise all around. Labor officials are surprised the forthcoming bond wouldn’t be covered by this year’s new law, and city leaders are surprised that they’re surprised. As noted earlier, the particulars of this argument are less noteworthy than the reality that there’s an argument, and it will have consequences. But here goes. A “project labor agreement” is a multi-craft collective bargaining agreement that essentially sets the terms for a forthcoming development. It specifies what workers will do what jobs and for what rate, and how much will be paid into benefit and pension funds. Unlike mere “prevailing wage” requirements, which put the onus on wronged workers to complain and build a case against devious contractors or subcontractors, project labor agreements are much more heavily and proactively monitored. Stiffing a worker or misclassifying her — having a laborer do electrician work, but at labor pay — becomes much harder to do. Even if non-union workers are brought into the job, they will be compensated at the union rate, with contributions to the benefit and pension funds. And yet in San Francisco, unlike other major cities, we really don’t use non-union labor on public projects. Numbers produced by the mayor’s office note that, under the last city affordable housing bond, 99.8 percent of labor was undertaken by unionized workers. As such, city officials complain project labor agreements are duplicative, and shunt money and resources away from affordable housing construction and into onerous paperwork. Be that as it may, all 11 supervisors did approve this year’s new law, and Mayor Breed signed it into being. But that law covers projects “involving Public Work or Improvement.” Bond-funded housing to be owned and operated by non-profits are neither of those. So, Judge Wapner rules against labor.Or does he? “Labor can be a bit trusting, but they’re not stupid. And they know when they have leverage,” sums up a longtime city politico. “We have not seen a major bond passed without labor support.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezThere are, in fact, reasons for organized labor to desire project labor agreements that you wouldn’t find in the Wikipedia entry for “project labor agreement.”Such a situation would confer labor with far more influence in the scope of a project. Labor could provide itself with a buttress against other organizations lining up to sup from a $600 million gravy train. And it could, potentially, work to craft the agreement in such a way as to exclude prefabricated housing — which is cheaper than conventional means and undercuts local union labor. Labor leaders I spoke to felt they were, once again, being scapegoated: Construction costs are an easy populist target, but nobody is, say, proposing on saving money by hiring cheaper architects or thriftier land-use attorneys. Even if the forthcoming work isn’t legally covered under a project-labor agreement, they feel it could be and it should be — and that the city is disrespecting and nickel-and-diming them. Perhaps more to the point: Labor solidarity in San Francisco right now is as good as it has been in years. This is the time to make a stand — and, conversely, to acquiesce here without a struggle, regardless of what the law says or does not say, would constitute a loss of face. So that opens up a realm of political possibilities. Labor-friendly supervisors could be leaned on to intervene or withhold placing this item on the ballot — though that seems a tad far-fetched. More likely, labor could oppose or simply not support this bond. “If you think they can pass this measure with 67 percent and not run a perfect campaign,” notes one veteran labor leader, “I think you’ve got another thing coming.”Rancor over this issue could spill into other areas, such as the District 5 supervisorial contest. Under the pretext of labor discontent, various supervisors could hold the housing bond hostage until their demands on unrelated measures are met. So many possibilities.“We’re all in this together,” says one city official, “and hopefully calmer heads prevail.” We’ll see. It’ll all be in the receipts. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img If you watched a lot of The People’s Court in the 1980s, you may recall a recurring scenario. If a litigant was asked for his receipts, and they didn’t say what he thought they said (or if he didn’t have them), then Judge Wapner would immediately head into recess. And that litigant would lose. Guaranteed.This happened enough that comedian Franklyn Ajaye made it into a punchline during his People’s Court routine. In that bit, the litigant didn’t bring his receipts. He didn’t get back his $80. Here in San Francisco in the present day, we’re in the midst of a dispute involving a great deal more than $80, and with massive tangible and political consequences to bear. But, at the base of it, much comes back to the receipts. last_img read more

JON Wilkin is impressed with Bradfords start to t

first_imgJON Wilkin is impressed with Bradford’s start to the Super League season.Francis Cummins has guided the Bulls to two wins from three and has them playing an energetic and intensive brand of football.“You have to give them credit,” Wilkin said. “With everything they went through last season and the doubts over their future they have started really well. Franny Cummins has done a great job and he has them playing well. They are showing that resilience and steel from last season too.“It’s always physical, tight and aggressive at Bradford and I’m sure this weekend will be no different. It is always a good place to play as the atmosphere is good too. We need to be ruthless, play the game in their half and be physical in the middle; then we can take our opportunities. We will need energy and will need to kick well too.”He continues: “We displayed some of that during the game against Hull FC on Friday. It was clear that we had an element of control in the first half. We played well in patches, put nice pieces of play together, looked threatening and played out our sets. Hull would have been happy to go in at half time within touching distance.“But in the second half we didn’t have enough possession or field position to be a threat and whether it was from our penalties, or 50:50s going against us, we struggled to get out of our half.“I do believe that many other teams would have lost that game but we managed to cling on. We showed resilience in defence.“We were a couple of sets of six off causing Hull to implode, but we didn’t push them. We should have had them out of sight really and not having a chance of coming back into it.”last_img read more

SAINTS face a welldrilled and dogged team in Wake

first_imgSAINTS face a well-drilled and dogged team in Wakefield when the two sides lock horns this Friday.Despite Trinity failing to pick up a point from their opening two fixtures, Keiron Cunningham has been impressed with how they have gone about their business.“Wakefield are a good side and have recruited well,” he said. “They have produced pluggy, determined performances and were unlucky against Hull and Huddersfield.“Chris Chester is good coach they have a good half back in Sam Williams (pictured). Their middles keep coming back at you too.“But this Friday is all about us. We were disappointed with the way we started against Leigh. We always knew we could come back and get plenty of chances but that start have let us down. We had lots of opportunities and the officiating didn’t help that.“Mark Percival scored as did Luke Douglas. Ryan Morgan scored too but it was chalked off for obstruction which was ridiculous. That said, the response to that adversity wasn’t great and it is something we need to work on.”He continued: “We worked hard on our defensive structures in the off season so for them to come through us was a sign of weakness for me. We were exposed a little bit for some mental weakness and our starting front rowers weren’t great.“They weren’t as good as they were against Leeds and that tells you it is a mindset thing. It isn’t good enough for the standard of the club and we will address that this week.“In the second half we had opportunities to win three games so we are back to write a few wrongs on Friday.”Saints will be without Luke Douglas for the next few weeks as he requires surgery on a finger injury.“He has a compound fracture of his finger but it won’t be a long term thing,” he said. “He needs surgery so we will wait and see after that. We also have a few bumps and bruises too and Jonny Lomax was struggling with his knee so we will have to get that assessed. We have damaged egos more than anything.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Totally Wicked Stadium, online, or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

It will be the fourth meeting between the two side

first_imgIt will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.This Season’s Meetings:Catalans Dragons 35, St Helens 16 (CCSF, 5/8/18) (at University of Bolton Stadium) St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18)Last Ten Meetings:Catalans Dragons 35, St Helens 16 (CCSF, 5/8/18) (at University of Bolton Stadium) St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18) St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15)Super League Summary:Catalans Dragons won 12 St Helens won 18 (includes win in 2014 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsCatalans Tries137 (1st)86 (11th)Goals110 (1st)77 (9th)Metres36,621 (1st)31,804 (9th)Breaks204 (1st)127 (11th)Tackles8,643 (7th)8,413 (9th)Penalties177 (12th)226 (1st)Factoids:Jonny Lomax – 6 points away from 500 in Super League (494 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Tommy Makinson – 3 tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 29 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.19-Man Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Catalans: 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 16. Vincent Duport, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 24. Alrix Da Costa, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 20 3 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Mark Percival (St Helens), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17 6 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 7 = Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 15 10 Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants) 14Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 110 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 84 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 55 5 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 6 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 53 7 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 8 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 45 9 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 10 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 37Goals Percentage: 1 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 89.83 (53/59) 2 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 86.66 (26/30) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.04 (37/43) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 239 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 211 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 118 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 116 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 102 10 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96Table:POSTEAMPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints262240771360411442Wigan Warriors261970662383279383Castleford Tigers261781653526127354Warrington Wolves261691685454231335Huddersfield Giants2613121485689-204276Wakefield Trinity261213167057199257Hull FC2611150563681-118228Catalans Dragons2610151504658–15421last_img read more

Kids and guns dont mix Parents students react over Pender Co school

first_img “We went on lockdown – red, code red, for like two hours, sitting there. Everybody was worried texting their parents and stuff,” student Kianna Nixon said.Worried students and frantic parents filled the campus after a threat was sent Topsail High, Topsail Middle and Topsail Elementary into a lockdown.“People were saying that there was some Instagram post that someone was posting pictures of guns and saying they were going to come to the school,” student Anthony Cala said. Some kids were really scared and some weren’t.”Related Article: Pender detectives looking for man accused of sex crimes with childThe Pender County Sheriff’s Office says a parent called them and warned them something might happen.“The Pender County Sheriff’s Office received a non-emergency phone call into our communication center, alerting us that there may possible be a student from Topsail High School that may be in route to the school with a firearm,” Capt James Rowell said.Bryce Sheehan (Photo: PCSO)Sheriff deputies rushed to the school which is where they said they found 18-year-old Bryce Sheehan in his car with a knife strapped to his leg and three other knives on him.Deputies say another student, Alan Edwardo, heard about the lockdown and tried to bring a 22 semi-automatic rifle onto the campus to stop the shooter.Investigators say neither students got inside Topsail High School with weapons.“It’s terrible,” parent Chris Pinket said. “Terrible. Kids and guns don’t mix.”The sheriff’s office confirms the Instagram post is from Sheehan.Instagram post from Bryce Sheehan’s page. (Photo: StarNews)Many parents are glad nothing worse happened but they hope this will stop.“I’m just thankful that everybody moved as quickly as they did and they were able to stop whatever this plan was today,” one parent said.“Pay close attention to our children,” another parent said. “Until we get that right, then that’s when the world will be a better place to live in.”“Guns with kids, you know, it’s got to stop, you know? And selling them to kids and selling bullets to kids,” Pinket said. “It has to end somewhere.”Sheehan is charged with possession of a weapon on educational property, not a firearm.Edwardo was charged with possession of a firearm on education property. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It started with a phone call warning the Pender County Sheriff’s Office that a student may be on the way to Topsail High School with a gun.Several schools went into lockdown Tuesday morning and now two students are charged with bringing a weapon on campus.- Advertisement – last_img read more

I got scared Woman describes being shot at while delivering newspapers

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is charged after the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said he fired a gun at a car Sunday morning with two people inside.Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said it happened around 5:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Normandy Drive.- Advertisement – Sharonda James said she just started delivering papers for the StarNews last week. Earlier that morning, she said her boss drove her around on the route and then dropped her back off at her car in a Walmart parking lot.James said she drove into a neighborhood off of Carolina Beach Road and had delivered three papers right before she saw a man standing in the street.Brewer said the suspect, William Hovatter, was standing in the middle of the road and then, yelled at the two people in the car who were delivering newspapers.Related Article: Lawmakers introduce bill in honor of fallen Columbus County trooperJames said they thought something was wrong with the man, so they slowed down, but then, she noticed he was pointing a gun at her.“I got scared, so I ducked down,” James said. “I was scrambling trying to go in reverse and try to go in drive. Then, he shot at the back of my car and the bullet hole went through the trunk.”James said that Hovatter told detectives they were trying to steal from him, but she said that is not true.“The description was that a black female and male trying to steal his motorcycle or moped off the back of his truck. He said that’s why he shot at us.”James said they never got out of the car and they were only in the neighborhood for a few minutes.Hovatter is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, discharging into an occupied vehicle and injury to personal property.Brewer said he bonded out of jail. His bond was $10,000.last_img read more

Carolina Beach talks future of land at Freeman Park

first_img Earlier this year, the town voted to buy nearly 14 acres of land on Freeman Park and at the time said they were interested in buying more through voluntary sales or eminent domain.After the closed session, council adjourned and took no further action.Mayor Joe Benson said they could not comment, but did say the meeting was productive. Freeman Park (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council met behind closed doors Monday afternoon to discuss pieces of property on Freeman Park.Council met for about an hour discussing the parcels of land, which are owned by private corporations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Grinch to appear at Christmas Village in Shallotte

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Grinch stole the show on Good Morning Carolina to preview an event happening in Shallotte this weekend.The Christmas Village is one of three vendor events the Town of Shallotte holds throughout the year.- Advertisement – Megan Bishop from the Town of Shallotte brought the Grinch on GMC Thursday to help explain the event.The Christmas Village is happening at Mulberry Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Grinch who will be at the event for the kids to take pictures along with Santa.The event will also have vendors to shop at, crafts for the kids, and a petting zoo.Related Article: Christmas Village in Shallotte re-scheduled due to rainBishop said there are at least 80 vendors signed up to be there and the event is happening rain or shine.last_img read more

Watch PN Leader addressed a political activity in Mosta

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Nationalist leader Adrian Delia addressed a political activity in Fil-parkeġġ maġenb il-Knisja tar-Rotunda, Mosta, this evening.The theme of the event was ‘Together For Our Country’.The event can be viewed from the link above.WhatsApplast_img read more

Manchester United and Liverpool share the points

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Liverpool went top of the Premier League thanks to a 0-0 draw against rivals Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to make three substitutions inside the first 45 minutes after injuries to Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. Liverpool were also forced into making a first-half substitution as Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino was replaced by Daniel Sturridge.The clash between the two sides was far from a spectacle as Manchester United played on the counter attack whilst Liverpool failed to pose any real threat even though they lined up with prolific trio of Sane, Salah and Firmino.Manchester United thought they had won it after Liverpool’s defender Matip scored an own goal in the second half only for the referee to rule the goal out after Chris Smalling was called offside.WhatsApplast_img read more