Local Hiring vs. Union Workers
The City has been debating for the past few years about ways to improve local hiring on construction projects. Today, Supervisor Avalos will introduce legislation that will pit the community against building trades unions because he does not understand the issue.
Instead of working with the local school district to mandate that they offer more shop classes as part of the strings the City could attach for the millions it gives to the Unified School district this year, he instead is simply proposing to increase the percentage of local folks that need to be hired to close to 50%. Sounds good, but many of local residents are not trained for this work, and have trained union members waiting for jobs in hiring halls for employment.
We need to work constructively with all sides so that real jobs will be created and then more opportunities will be opened to local folks, that have received the necessary training, not put forward divisive proposal that won't get us anywhere.