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Picket Line News
Local 38 is continuing to apply pressure through its campaign of picketing non-union jobs throughout San Francisco. Pictured here is our picket line at 180 Brighton Ave, on the corner of Brighton and Ocean Ave., last week. T & H Plumbing is the non-union contractor we picketed. There is no real General Contractor, as the owner is acting as their own GC. They are building a 4 story building with 27 apartments and apparently there will be a retail area on the ground floor. The job has taken forever and they are still not complete. The job is very unsafe. Pictured here are (from left to right) Patrick McQuade, Norman Faundez, Picket Captain Martin Bolz and Violet Goldsmith. Not pictured: Shaun Dimond.
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In other picket line news a call from a Local 38 member and a show of solidarity from other trades helped Local 38 turn around a medical facility job last month. We received a call from a member working at the assisted living facility at 1 Daniel Burnham Ct., and were told that ACCO was doing the buildout of a doctor’s office. The caller reported that all the subs were union other than the one doing the medical gas, a non-union outfit called RM Medical. Dome was the General Contractor, so we went to speak to them. After some discussions we weren’t able to resolve the situation, so we picketed the job. All the union subs (plumbers, sheetmetal , electricians and even Seimens who has the account there) walked off the job all five days we picketed it. At the request of the building manager, and with assurances that non-union company would be thrown off the job, we pulled our pickets. One of the major factors in the victory was UPS’s refusal to cross the picket line to deliver medical supplies, which raised concerns for the health of the people living in the facility. Eventually, we received a call from building owners’ representative, the ex-head of the Police Officers Association as well as a retired electrician who said the picket was successful, and that they were terminating the contract with RM Medical. ACCO is now completing the job.