Jobs & Economic Empowerment
San Francisco is home to some of the wealthiest industries in the world, but not everyone has access to these opportunities. Our City currently has Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that mandate local hiring practices which provide living wage jobs and training for our residents in the construction industry. As Supervisor, the first legislation I plan to introduce would be a Local Mandatory Hiring policy that requires all sectors of employment, not just in construction, to hire from existing San Francisco communities and neighborhoods. The policy would start out with a 25% requirement, with the ability to be adjusted upwards based on results, the needs of both the community, and the particular company or industry. This measure would help ensure our residents can continue to stay and thrive in our City.
One area where I could immediately take action is employment within the City’s workforce. San Francisco’s departments currently contract out community engagement work to local firms because we lack City personnel who specialize in this type of work. This is a sector of employment that can be integrated into existing departments by giving them the proper training and developing the proper community engagement protocols. I would continue to work with the City and community to hire a local workforce, give local residents a path into City and County of San Francisco jobs, and help eliminate the need to contract out.
In District 10 specifically, however, economic policies are intimately tied up with better public transit. We need to have more Public Transit that brings people into our economic corridors. Our neighborhood merchants also need more opportunities to work together on plans and strategies of how to activate each of our neighborhoods and communities. I plan to bring merchants associations together quarterly to devise a plan to increase foot traffic and make our community businesses destination locations. In addition, I would focus on building more housing on top of retail (like has been done in most of San Francisco’s commercial corridors). This would allow businesses to use resources from that housing development to make improvements and repairs while creating more patrons and food traffic in commercial corridors as well.
Lastly, in areas where communities have been blighted or population movement has led to decreases in economic viability, I would work to create “economic empowerment zones.” This would allow small/neighborhood-based businesses an opportunity to compete while employing members of their surrounding community.
Additional Workforce Strategies
As Supervisor, I will work closely with the San Francisco Labor Council and local businesses as an ally/advocate on the Board that our unions can count on. I will work hand in hand with public employees to fight against legislation and court cases that attack protections for workers. I will be on the front lines working to continue worker protections and speak out against policies that discourage workers from speaking out about their rights and protections. I will also work to strengthen local legislation around employee wages and employee’s rights to fight against policies that attack employees’ rights to stand together in their unions and will fully support Labor efforts to increase member organizing to mitigate the impact of the Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME. The bottom-line is that all and any opportunities that allow employees to organize and participate in a union should be made available and honored by employers. The protections afforded to members of unions and to most employees, in general, are due to the work and coordination of organized labor.
Approved and oversaw contracts with Project Labor Agreements to ensure that our residents have access to living wage union jobs and can afford to live in San Francisco while serving as a member of the Board of Education.
Successfully connected thousands of residents to living wage and unionized jobs through my work at Young Community Developers.
Created apprenticeship programs that offer pathways to union careers and other industries.
Negotiated pay raises for our educators and all of the School District’s personnel while serving as a member of the School Board.
Ensured civil services tests so temporary employees of the School District could become permanent district employees and enjoy the benefits of permanent status.