Sunset solar project to get closer to meeting hiring goals 

A handful of laborers needed for a city-backed solar power plant construction project in the Sunset District will be recruited from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The five new laborers needed at the site will help the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission creep closer to hiring goals mandated by city lawmakers.

Although 21 workers were supposed to come from the Bayview and other disadvantaged neighborhoods, a city memo recently revealed that just seven of those workers lived within the designated zip codes.

The failure to meet the hiring goal was blamed during a recent hearing by the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use & Economic Development Committee on union hiring practices.

Electrical workers are snagging a growing share of the work at the 5-megawatt project, and their union hires from its ranks based on who has been unemployed for the longest. It refuses to discriminate based on zip code.

The recruitment of two new laborers for the project this Wednesday, followed by three more next week, will help boost hiring from disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue.

“This was what was always planned,” Jue said.

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