San Francisco to enforce local hiring mandate starting today 

Today’s the day for San Francisco-based construction workers to put on their hard hats and get ready for work. At least that’s the goal of the toughest local hiring law in the nation.

The mandate requires contractors performing city public works or improvement projects to meet mandatory levels of San Francisco resident participation, starting with 20 percent this year and rising incrementally to 50 percent.

In a statement, Mayor Ed Lee applauded the new law and said it would improve the local economy.

“It is estimated that Local Hire will generate up to 355 new jobs for San Franciscans every year once it is fully phased-in,” Lee said. “Local Hire is a reinvestment in our City and will put families back to work.”

Opponents of the law
are worried that workers already in a job will be laid off in favor of a San Franciscans. Several projects outside city limits — such as at San Francisco International Airport and projects along a major Hetch Hetchy system renovation — are especially vulnerable.

San Mateo County officials are expected to meet with Supervisor John Avalos next week
to make amendments to the law.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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