SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Unemployed tradesman picketed a hospital construction project at UCSF Mission Bay on Thursday to demand that more local workers be hired for jobs on the site.

Members of the Aboriginal Blackmen United, a community group that has championed legislation to encourage local hiring on construction projects in the city, blocked access to one of two gates onto the site.

“There’s people in there working that are not from here,” said Ashley Rhodes, a spokesman for the group.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Each of the 25 men and women on the picket line lived nearby in Bayview Hunter’s Point and was qualified for a job on the project, he said. The picketers were prepared to halt work on the $1 billion project if necessary to call attention to unemployment in the neighborhood.

The city recently passed an ordinance mandating local hiring on city funded construction projects. The law phases in those requirements over several years.

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Comments (11)
  1. Mitch says:

    Why hire someone from hunters point when you can hire someone that’s skilled enough and smart enough to move out of the ghetto?

  2. Bloodhounds says:

    The article says the 25 people on the picket line live in the neighborhood and are qualified. They probably were born in S.F. too. I’m glad the city passed an ordinance mandating local hiring. It’s about time! I’m so sick of the racism!

  3. Jeff says:

    I’m in favor of the local hire for these projects. But the residents in these area need to go through the apprentice training. Most apprentice training is a minimum of 4 yrs. They could be working on these projects and going to apprentice school at the same time. Taking short cuts on training on a construction site is a reciipe for accidents. Trained workers are safe, productive workers. Everyone wins and comes home to their families at night

  4. Ken says:

    I live near City Hall — I should be Mayor.

  5. J Roberts says:

    What does city law matter in this case? UC is a state entity and it’s authority supersedes city laws.

  6. Scott says:

    Why don’t they pick a spokesman with better grammer?

  7. Scott says:

    Or better spulling?

  8. belinda says:

    The former president of united states had worse grammar and he ran the country.

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