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provisions which will, i think, provide for an orderly manner, if there are individual who is wish to change the membership status, that will be done in a matter by the organization and by the city. in addition, there's a new indemnification clause if there's litigation associated with this, it will be covered by the union. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> thank you. seeing no questions at this time we'll open this up to public comment. please come up to the mic. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is gust valeo. i'm president of local 21. obviously we're in support of this amendment. we know that labor is under attack. this will strengthen our opportunity. we support it. thank you. >> thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. i'm larry griffin.
i'm a political legislative vice president of the local 21. i wanted to say that we're totally in support of this and want to thank the city for reaching an agreement with us on this. as you well know, labor is really under attack on a national basis, and this is going to just give us a little bit more strength to fight off the attacks coming from washington. so we definitely hope you support it. thank you. >> good afternoon. i'm the executive director of local 21. i want to thank everybody for their support on this amendment. i want to talk about for a minute -- even though it's not in the issue -- we are critical to the fabric of this country,
and we're happy to be in a city and county that understands the significance and importance of that. we hope that that spreads throughout the coordinauntry ane a part of that with you all. so thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> rudy gonzalez. honorable members of the board. rise and support of the labor council. it's an important statement of our values that the city and county work with their public employee unions and show other agencies in this region that there are ways to support and strengthen the voices of working people. this is a process-oriented kind of thing. we're amending eous. workers need to be able to stand up together to collectively exert their voice against what all is coming about us.
we're on attack targeted by the koch brothers, by right-wing forces that are much in alignment with other guests you will hear from later in the chambers that are attacking public employees and their very right to stand together and their freedom to associate with each other. this is an important step and statement. we rise in support of it. >> thank you, mr. gonzalez. nice to see you in your new role. seeing no further public comment on this item. public comment is now closed. and item no. 21. colleagues, can we take a motion to move forward item 21 with recommendation to the full board, and we can do that without objection. mr. clerk, can we please finally call item no. 22. >> clerk: agenda item 22. 170205 ordinance amending the administrative code to require a citywide project labor agreement applicable to certain public work or improvement projects with projected costs over $1,000,000 or where delay in completing the project may interrupt or delay services or use of facilities that are important to the city's essential operations or infrastructure.
>> thank you so much, mr. clerk. this was not the item, i'm sure that everyone in this chamber was waiting for, but thank you for patiently waiting through the first 21 items. i want to first acknowledge supervisor peskin, fewer, and safai who have been working on this item fevr veer rently. we do have an overflow room available. you will be able to watch this meeting and speak at public comment when we call your name, or you can come and speak at the end after all the names have been called. i do have a list of presenters that were informally sent to our office. i'm going the call them in that order unless community members would like to see a different
order. we have invited the director of office of labor enforcement. director of public works. director of city build director who are all here and available to present and also to answer question by community members, and, of course, we have a budget legislative analyst report, ms. campbell, and she'll be presenting at the end of all the preeni presentations. i will start with supervisor safai. >> thank you, madam chair. welcome, everyone, today. this is a very important item for our city. i wanted to give a little background and let you know how we got to this point, particularly today. this item was introduced over a year and a half ago. by then supervisor mark ferrell. we had conversations with labor
and the city departments and started a conversation with the lbe community. the conversation started again. we knew this time was important to a lot of different people. there's a vested stake in the healthy out come of this conversation. so myself and president breed engaged folks at the table from the city as well as from the lbe community and folks from the building trades. and we started that conversation to begin to gather information. now we're here at this point in the committee where we have spent over the last few weeks vigorously engaging in feedback to try to get to a point where we can balance some really important things that we've
heard. i want to thank supervisor fewer and supervisor peskin for engaging in that process as well as city administrator naomi kelly and the department heads and her respective team as well as folks from the building trade and others from the building trades as well as representatives from the lb community. who am i forgetting, supervisor peskin? >> well, i think larry is actually john. >> john. sorry. right. other representatives, john templeton. ms. kelly -- >> julianna choi. >> yes. we were balancing this information to gather -- i don't think competing interest.
we have a h history in this cit for removing the gains from the civil rights improvement. we instituted a -- those in the trades were very, very informative in this conversation to say, yes, we believe in that. we want a pathway for that, but at the same time, we want to respect the safety of workers, the wages of workers, the condition of workers, and the overall environment in which workers work in. we've really tried to take those two issues, harnessed them together, and tried to build a consensus. what we'll have -- i'm going the hand it over to supervisor peskin along with supervisor fewer. we've led a conversation where we've tried to come to a consensus on some of those important issues. we'll talk about what we have
agreed upon and what further work needs to be done. i think we've made some good progress in a very short amount of time. we're going to hear from the different departments today as well as representatives from all the different communities in the room. i want to say personally what's driving me in this conversation is the respect, the safety, and the dignity of workers, no matter who they work for. i want a pathway, and a respectful pathway, to protect those workers in the city and county of san francisco. that's what drives me and will always drive me in decisions i make for the city. we want to come without with the right result that's good for san francisco and respects everyone in all the respective communities. i also respect the history and the work we've done to put into 14b and building up our lb community. i just want to leave it there. i want to hand it over to supervisor peskin. i won't get to the details of what we're amending yet.
i wanted to set the tone in that regard. >> thank you, supervisor safai. and let me relate to your comments in expressing thanks to both yourself and supervisor fewer as well as all the participants who have now spent countless hours over the last week or so together in what i think have been good faith negotiations. a project labor agreement really is about stability and continuity of delivery of construction services to a city. it has proven effective, the poa that, the city enjoys with the house of labor at our public utilities commission, at our airport. indeed, it has led to reduction of work stoppages, a continuity and has, i think, by in large, in both of those instances, been successful. supervisor fewer, who will speak
for herself was instrumental in having the san francisco unified school district enter into a project labor agreement. obviously that would have been passed a year and a half ago if it was easy and there was no controversy. i'm really pleased that at our first meeting last week, we were able to resolve a number of places of disagreement. those amendments -- because i'm the only member of this committee amongest the three who have been in these negotiations. because of the brown act, i have not been able to communicate with the other two members privately. so this is the first time that mayor elect and supervisor breed and kim can discuss this with me, but told i would like to introduce amendments that everybody was able to agree to so far. then we still have some work to do, so we're not going actually vote, other than maybe on the amounts, if my colleagues are
willing. we'll not vote on the entire package today. we have more work to do. i am cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to bring the parties together. there's many divergent interests. there's the house of labor. there's the lbe community, the local hire community, and then there are a number of city departments who are proving the most difficult. i'm sure we'll resolve this matter in the days ahead. with that, i will turn it over to supervisor fewer. >> thank you, very much, supervisor peskin. i also just want to say that i am so glad that through negotiation conversations, we're seeing progress in coming to a common agreement to make sure this is the strongest possible legislation. this is how pla should be created, making sure that all parts are at the table. while i was a commissioner at the san francisco board of
education, i offered the strongest and biggest project labor agreement for the san francisco unified school district, ensuring that prevailing wages are paid to our valued workforce. i want to thank all the parties who have been participating in this process, particularly minority and women-owned businesses and representatives from the city as well as supervisor peskin and supervisor safai. we value contracts. i'm hopeful about the discussions that have taken place and thus far about the next steps. i do think there's enough work here for everyone. thank you. >> all right. supervisor breed? >> thank you. i know we're anxious to get started. thank you to everyone who is here today for your patience to get to this point. i am excited, and i'm optimistic about the future of what this project labor agreement can do
for the city and county of san francisco, not only to protect workers and wages, but to make sure that we are bringing our lbes along in the process. so to create a fair and balanced project labor agreement that addresses some of the concerns that we know members of our lbe community share as it relates to this. i do appreciate the fact that the building trades in general have come to the table and worked with us through this process. supervisor safai and i started some time ago in trying to work to get to a better place. i do truly appreciate the concessions that have been made and the willingness to the building trades to be open-minded in ensuring we have not only a good project labor agreement for the city as a whole, but that we're being fair, balanced, and we're not leaving anyone behind in the process. thank you so supervisor fewer and supervisor peskin for continuing through negotiations
to get us to a better place. i think that we will get there eventually with some hard work and a couple of more meetings. i want to say thank you to our city administrator for leading this effort as well as others. there's been tough discussions, but you continue to come to the table, and everyone is continuing to have the discussions to get us to a better place is so critical. i want this to be a win-win for all employees in the city. i want, at the end of the day, for us to come out of this project labor agreement with an 11-0 vote at the board of supervisors. that is the ultimate goal, and i am so looking forward to hopefully being able to sign this as mayor of the city and county of san francisco. so thank you all so much for being here and being at the
table. i look forward to the robust discussion today. >> okay. with that, madam city administrator, the floor is yours. >> good afternoon, supervisors, naomi kelly. >> good morning. >> that's correct. good morning. for another 10 minutes. naomi kelly, city administrator. i thought i would just quickly go through and say that i am, too, cautiously optimistic that we'll get to a project labor agreement. both the department of public works and rec department are in support. we've seen these being done at the airport and the school district. the devil is always in the details. i'm a fierce advocate in my career of supporting minority and women-owned businesses, protecting local business enterprises, protecting local residents and making sure local residents are a part of this and
protecting workers and wages and benefits. i do think we'll eventually get to a win-win situation where we're all in agreement. i want to thank supervisor peskin, safai, and fewer in leading negotiations with everyone who they've identified. i will quickly go through some areas in which we discussed around the table that we thought would be great, that we've all agreed on. one is the definition of core employees where we all agree that the core for contractors who are existing core employees that may or may not be subject to an agreement or a union, that they provide at least two employees on covered projects that will be exempt from the pla requirements and that the definition of core employees are state or federally licensed -- employees who have state or federal licenses for work to be
performed, have worked at least 1,000 hours in the construction crafts during the prior three years, have been on the contractor's active payroll for at least 500 hours and have the ability to perform safely the basic functions of the craft. we've also agreed on the definition of costs to be construction costs only and not design and acquisition costs. we changed the definition of unions to mean the building trades, and they agreed to provide us a list of affiliates attached to the legislation. we clarified that the city is bound by the project labor agreement when the city and all unions have executed a final agreement, and we have agreed to add the equal benefits ordinance, chapter 12b in the local hire ordinance to the social policies that the project labor agreements are supposed to meet. we're here to answer any more questions. >> thank you so much, ms.
campbell. >> and just for the record, the amendments that ms. kelly just described are before every member of this body, and the clerk has a copy as well. you've summarized them accurately. >> thank you. >> we have a lot of campbells. we also do have a naomi campbell. >> johns and larrys. >> do committee members like to bring anyone up for questions or comments? >> i just want to say mr. mulligan is administering a hearing right now. so he's not here in the chambers. >> okay. thank you for informing us of that. at this time, we're going to begin public comment on this item. i do have a number of speaker cards before me.
timing and things like that. i want to ask about city build and how it relates to things on the table. there's been a lot of question about city build and how it may play with this proposal. i know we're going to be prop e proposing amounts and what that means. i think they're very committed to seeing a pathway for all the different underrepresented communities that you work with. i just want to hear your thoughts on that. >> thank you, supervisor safai. in the office, economic, and workforce development, i just want to say thank you for all your hard work, obviously to the city administrator, policy makers, and the contracts particularly lbe coming together. for city build as a program, and i'm happy to provide further context on what city build is or does. it's a program that's been
around for 12 years. it's the preapprenticeship program that provides pathways to career opportunities in construction, working with the building trades and union programs. i think it's really safe to say that the strength of the program, which is pretty universally recognized. i can't speak to the specific details of the proposal, just not having been part of the negotiations but generally the concept. we have plenty of projects which are public works where there's a project labor agreement that works well for us. particularly because city build, which brings in diverse candidates, men and women overcoming barriers to employment, formerly incarcerated workers, workers in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, people most at
risk for being left behind. public housing residents, folks we want to see engaged in this industry, which is at a peak never before seen in the city. the best pathway for our candidates to get on sites is through the program. it gets all of the partners at the table. that's our program, the agencies that are funding the work, the community members, and the programs. we're able to put the policy to work. obviously there's a lot of concern, i think, making sure the local business enterprise objectives and policies of the city are met. that's good too. a lot of times, lbe come on with the workforce. there's been talk of working
that out. this is the most successful in the country. as you will find in the report you will see here soon. i think with respect to the other considerations, i look forward to learning more and hearing from the speakers, but the policyite, we're able and ready to put it to work to successfully get in the trades. we have either formal or informal agreement with relationships with each and every affiliate with the building trades council. if you were to ask me what trades graduates say the most
went into, 41 graduates, the answer is nearly every single one of the building trades. i think how we work together, if it's furthering our partnerships with the building trade unions and apprenticeship, it's going to be the benefit of the community members, and we hope you're able to address the concerns. >> so we specifically put in langua language. there's, i think, unanimous agreement about the respect of local hire. we specifically reference some of the work that's been done. i think what we'll do is come back to you after public testimony. i would like to hear a little bit more about some of the differences. you said there's some -- the language you used was that there were some that have formal and informal agreements. so we can talk a little bit about that and how they can provide a pathway toward strengthening those relationships. >> thank you.
>> thank you so much, mr. arsay. at this time, we'll really be opening up for public comment. a request was made that we limit public comment to one minute because there's so many speakers. so we'll be doing that. i'm going to be calling up the first 15 speakers on the list of the cards. [announcing names]
>> we are addressing everything that you have talked about and it has been put on the table. these are good faith negotiations that have been going on for a long time and we really hope the legislative body grabs this and takes this once we get to a point where we can implement. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> ready, go. i am with that neighbour counsel. i want to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers with the building trade. we have a few very serious and important priorities between our councils and all working people and organized labour and standing united in passing a p.o.a. that supports prevailing wage. and not getting into dose it is most important in a few seconds to demonstrate this is a statement of values. it is a statement to stand with the workers, the people at that
table that you are negotiating at our important stakeholders in the community. there are other people in outside forces today. i will tell you that there are right-wing forces that fly in and come in and lobby against good union jobs, and good jobs that aren't union that fall over p.o.a. and preunion labour in the room. they are important stakeholders, but let's note which side we are on. >> thank you mr gonzalez. >> hi, my name is joe. i'm with the associate builders and contractors. thank you for having me here. i just want to say that all we want is for the pla to have a fair and open language and allow for all state approved apprentices as apprentices to work on it the contracts. and allow contractors to pay health and pension benefits into their employee ' owner plans to
care for their families. that is all we want. thank you. >> thank you. >> am i starting? my name is tony, i was going to talk about the benefits that i've had. i've been in the union for 35 years. all we are saying is we want all workers that do our type of work, whether union or not to receive the same health benefits, the same pension, same benefits that we all receive. i have been out in the field and a union rep. i have seen workers being told not to sign their sheets back to report only four hours back and do a lot of stuff that they don't get the wages they are supposed to get. by us being present and their being at pla, it would help guard against this. the last time, 30 of our 60 contractors were union members
who decided to go into business for themselves and they have been highly successful. i don't understand the argument of them saying that they can't succeed if there is a p.l.a. our members that have started their own businesses are doing fine. i don't understand why that wouldn't be the case. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> my name is marcus. i live and work in san francisco and i work for architecture. i am for the p.l.a. because we want to equalize for all of the workers and we want equal wages for all the workers. health benefits for all the workers. nonunion or union. that is it. thank you. >> thank you. >> hi my name is adam. i work for .-ellipsis i support the p.l.a. thank you.
>> hello my name is eric murphy. i'm an apprentice. i am a third-generation san franciscan, and without the opportunities of membership provided to me i probably would not be able to work here. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello my name is serena. i am a local sex electrician third year apprentice. as one of the many, many trades women in the fields, it has been my. >> thank you. >> hello, i am here with the committee for equal rights. i received a letter from the golden gates business association calling for the legislation to refer to the
business commission which has not yet had an opportunity to review or speak up in regards to this matter. >> thank you so much. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is sabrina. i am a resident of san francisco. i am a 30 year member of the union. i started out as an apprentice myself, as many of my brothers and sisters behind me. i serve as a business representative and compliance representative. i would like to ask you to pleas move forward, the p.l.a., to the full board for a vote. i want to make one point in my remaining few seconds. we are talking a lot about identity today and hugh is who. let me say, i love lbd as well. fifty% of the construction contractors that are on that list who are certified our union
contractors. many of our own union contractors are part of the list. i think that is an important point. thank you so much for everyone in the participation of the session. it has an important piece of legislation and about city values. i support the p.l.a. and i hope you do too. >> ninety cents back of my work has been in san francisco. i am shocked at your court reports. a couple of members of my job could go on a work site and that is it, it will not be successful. it will not work. there is no way i could successfully do a job that way. it is wrong. you are going to put any business that goes in there thinking they can work alongside of everyone with a couple of members of their own crew and that's it, you will put them out
of business and you better warn them first. plus plus. >> before the next speaker begins, i will call up a couple more speaker cards. %% thank you. >> thank you. i have been a small business contractor for over 20 years. i am currently teaching at the associated builders and contractors. my students are apprentices. they are -- they work for merit-based shops, and
merit-based shops in the p.l.a. language are allowed to bid for work for public work. however, it is not really affordable for them to get the work with two court employees only working for them. we want you to know we are in support of the l.b.e. and we are also support the right to work. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. good morning. i am with the associated builders and contractors. i have been working for them, nonunion and nonunion workers in our organization. i feel very warm and welcome there and i think a lot of our workers are choosing this path because they do not feel the harassment in these type of work situations, and that is a choice they are making.
i would urge you to look at what the market actually really looks like, and work with the l.b.e. community as you are doing, and let them grow their workforce is, and let this decision be made by workers in california and not by back not just -- not legislated. set your community and build your community. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is chris burnett. i'm speaking in support of the city wide plm. i am an apprentice. a lot of people ask about glaser apprentices. i have put my fingerprints on a lot of projects in the city including the hospital and also the trans bay terminal project and as a three year apprentice, i fully support this legislation. i believe it is for the greater good. as locally elected legislatures, it is your duty to strive for
the same. this legislation shows just that. a higher standard of living. a higher standard of middle class working families, l jobsite security. and safety. this legislation sets the bar for wage expectations and benefits that will support tens of thousands of blue-collar workers like myself and my brothers and sisters in this room. i ask that you please advance this policy to the full board. as sponsors of this policy i expect nothing less. >> thank you. plus plus. >> good afternoon. my name is charles. i'm a san francisco resident. i'm an electrical apprentice with the union. i support the citywide p.l.a. policy very much. without the union wages and benefits that i am provided, i wouldn't be able to take care of
myself and my family. very well and i think this policy will go a long way to show the community and the city that the government really cares about their survival. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello my name is jacob. i'm an apprentice with the local six. i'm a resident of san francisco. i fully support the p.l.a. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello my name is christopher. i am also with ib w., local six. i do also live in san francisco, a second generation and i would like to keep that going for my kids so i can provide a better future for them. i am in support of the p.l.a. thank you. >> thank you. >> my name is scott. i'm a san francisco resident. third-generation. the p.l.a. has helped me be able
to live here. even though i was not college educated. i wouldn't really have the ability to go. for financial regions dose reasons and this helps me be able to support myself, thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. i am a business representative with the local six and i am for the p.l.a. i also love l.b.e. i want employees to retire with dignity and have health care and stand correctly. i am for the p.l.a. and looking forward to the signing day. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello. my name is walter. i am born and raised in san francisco. i have been a member for six years. i am in support of the citywide
p.l.a. i think it is important for the working class. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello. my name is mark work i am an apprentice for a local six and a resident of the city, second generation. i am in support of the p.l.a. i think, even with the union benefits, it is hard to support living in the city and i think without it is next to impossible. i would like the p.l.a. to get that support to those union, or not. thank you. >> thank you. plus plus. >> good afternoon. i am an apprentice of the union and i am a resident of san francisco which we. i need to be able to support myself and my family and live in the city and go home safe every day. i make sure every dollar we are and we can spend it back to the
city of the san francisco and the community and that to a tree. please forward the p.l.a. >> i'm a local six apprentice from district 11. i am for the p.l.a. in december 2016 my son was born with a genetic disorder. to this day, this disorder has millions of billable dollars to my health insurance in an amount that i will not be able to pay. without the wages and fantastic health benefits, his future would be bleak. this citywide p.l.a. would give our unions more of a fighting chance against a national attack on labour unions what would give nonunion san francisco construction workers and their families the same protections, wages and benefits that me and my family benefits that -- benefit from. >> thank you. before the next speaker comes up, i am going to call up more speaker cards.
we typically don't allow applause in chambers during public comment. we need to keep up with time. i'm not as strict about those things. if people can limit it to the next speaker so people can come up and speak, that would be great. thank you. >> i am a local six apprentice. i want to say that i am in support of the p.l.a. the coalition for fair employment construction are opposed to the p.l.a. and they maintain that way because nonce contractors have to pay for pension and healthcare which is not true.
they advocate against pension plans. they are financed by a right-wing brute -- group. they advocate apprenticeship programs like myself that turn us out into really becoming skilled trades people and working in the trades. i also would like to tell everybody, that local six is accepting applications if you would like to become unionized. we will be accepting applications tomorrow, and also july 5th. thank you. >> thank you -- thank you. >> good afternoon. i am a third-generation san francisco resident, district seven. i want to say i am in favour of the p.l.a. i fully appreciate the prevailing wages, the benefits included and on i am carrying a bunch of student lows.
-- loans. i appreciate i am able to continue my education at no cost to myself. and i like all the protection and i'm able to go home safely. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is pete, i represent the national associate with the elders. we are the largest contracted association in the united states. fifty years old next year. i am here to talk about the contracts especially with the minority contractors. we represent a union and nonunion. as it is right now, we have a difficult time for the union contractors to win contracts in san francisco. having this type of p.l.a. will be difficult for the smaller nonunion members to partition -- participate and grow their business in the city of san francisco. there are a few things we would like to exempt the l.b.e. participation from ple ordinance. the threshold should be under
20 million. we will local hire an p.l.a. that is equity focused and we want higher court employees. >> my name is aaron. i work for a paving company. i am also the merchant association president. my family has been in san francisco since 1984. and we are very happy to be part of the l.b.e. program. we are a prounion contractor and we think this p.l.a. is written and it definitely means -- needs a lot more in its. i would like to talk at length with anyone about that. i hope to talk to you soon but i am opposed to the p.l.a. as it is currently written. >> thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is nina. i am a woman contractor. i would like to say the city has created a wonderful program for us to have -- help small businesses to be successful and achieve and make a dream.
the city agency has been measured and understand the 20 million dollar to graduate l.b.e. to understand that 20 million-dollar it's a threshold to be successful and to achieve american dream. i am here to suggest a plan to adapt the threshold that the obama administration used for all federal contracts before it can be designated as a p.l.a. contract. please amend this p.l.a. issue because when the small company grows enough to be a 25 million-dollar contract, they normally join a union. the contract will provide more labour force. >> thank you. >> i am opposed to the p.l.a.
agreement. i was going to come just to say some basic things, with some individuals mention some things about safety and wages and unions and stuff. i want to address those first and i will get to my basic why i oppose this. there is already cal ocean. there is already somebody out -- overseeing safety. the wages, you have the davis-bacon act and all your contracts. it is just the city, really looking at their davis-bacon act and enforcing it and making sure. it is already being policed. the unions do their own recruiting and they have their guidelines that are better than the davis-bacon act. and so those issues, i think are already covered. i am kind of agreeing with the last young lady that just spoke. we have a bid on p.l.a. projects, and we cannot get a trucker to sign.
>> know that is your time. i'm so sorry. thank you. i am so sorry. that is your time. we allot everyone the same amount of time. i can't let you just keep. thank you very much. next speaker. hello, my name is carl. i grew up in san francisco and worked in the union and started a local business. the problem would be for a small business is the threshold has to change in terms of the numbers. [applause] i mean that's not a problem. things have to change in terms of the numbers. i don't want to draw this out all day. from the other speakers, they will say whatever they have to say and i agree with them.
>> thank you so much. [applause] >> before the next speaker i will call out more speaker cards. notice other members of the public have already made points that you would have liked to make. thank you. >> thank you board of supervisors. my name is tony. i am a regional district -- director for district 16. i'm here in support of the p.l.a. we know the p.l.a. will have a positive effect on the city of san francisco, as well as the citizens of san francisco. example, p.l.a.'s requiring
certain percentages of local hire which benefits the young people coming up here in the city of san francisco. it means more spending here in the city. so that helps the economy here in san francisco. it also ensures a trade and skilled workforce to the citizens cap the young people who are able to perform the work on these projects. we know that there are unscrupulous contractors who bring in workers from out of town and pays them well below area standard wages. this does not benefit anyone except the contractor, and harms the workers and the economy of the great city of san francisco. with that i hope you will all support the p.l.a. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> hello. my name is corey. i'm here on behalf of of the african-american foundation. i'm also a local business in san francisco and i am opposed to
this measure mainly because of the research that constantly exist that reminds us of the situation we are dealing with today. i read five disparity studies. all of those disparity studies say african-americans are at the bottom of the list. if they are at the bottom of the list for a significant amount of time plaque i think this issue is no longer appropriate. it is an issue of state-sponsored racial subjugation. we are in the process of comparing -- preparing a complaint. we have seen residual mistreatment communities against african-american san franciscans. what i saw in 1933 when the public works administration was -- >> thank you so much. we are also holding -- we are
also holding a hearing on african-american workers with the city. the oversight committee and we encourage you to attend that meeting. the next july, i don't know the date. >> the 18th of july will be the regular scheduled meeting. >> high supervisors. my name is juliana. i am an owner and president of signage manufacturing company. we are union and l.b.e. i will take my minutes to talk about wage theft. a.k.a. cheating. you heard some testimonial prior to me and you will hear some more testimonial about that. i want to tell you a story to illustrate my side of the coin about wage theft. i signed my first p.l.a. job when i was 25 years old. i was nonunion. i was clueless. so after i signed a contract i was told i would have to go to a trade claimant meeting. i showed up for it. there were 15 other subs in the room and they were all men. there was a microphone on the stand at the front of the room.
i was called to that mike and i was scared because i didn't know. i make science. i could be claimed by the different labour boards. my point is, do not confuse, do not conflate wage theft and cheating with jurisdictional disputes. they are different. >> did you want to finish the story? >> will come back on? okay. i'm asserting that l.b.e. is not paying ten dollars an hour when they should be paying 7820. they maybe paying 76.25 an hour instead of 78.20. they maybe a dollar or two difference. they are honestly, most of the time, and you can check with ols e., these are jurisdictional issues. the contractors have a case opened up against them so there will be a case filed against us but they are often often times cap jurisdictional disputes.
the label of cheat, it should not be put together with l.b.e. >> thank you. >> good afternoon members of the committee. as we raise in our may 7th letter, we have serious concerns that a low threshold will lead to disastrous consequences for mbe and businesses. we urge you to set the thresholds high. we also urge you to consider a total l.b.e. exemption from p.l.a. coverage. was a damage is done, it is harder to fix. starting with a higher threshold, seeing how things are going, and then lowering it is a much better way to go. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is rachel mcintyre. i'm an owner of a certified
women owned l.b.e. in the city of san francisco for the past six years. the proposed ordinance would be prohibitive to end l.b.e. ' ability to participate in public works projects in san francisco. most of these businesses cannot be sustained, especially in the early years solely by public works projects. and what this ordinance does is it would force their hand to participate or become a signatory to unions which they may not be in a financial position to do yet. and so, i believe that l.b.e.'s should be made exempt from the city wide p.l.a. ordinance so they businesses have an opportunity to be nurtured and grow and consistently with what the city of san francisco has always believed in, and purported. >> thank you. [applause] >> hello. my name is dorothy.
i'm a resident of san francisco. we would like to have 100% l.b.e. exemption from the p.l.a. ordinance. we would also like a trade union to open up their membership and document to the city how they are recruiting long-term local residents who are women cap who are people of colour back and who are immigrants. we would also like that to be documented for the city to have. i am for the l.b.e. it works for me. thank you. [applause] '. >> hello supervisors. i am a local women-owned business. i'm certified l.b.e. i've been doing business for 17 years. construction trucking. i work on the local road. with this p.l.a., it will severely hinder my ability to continue to work and provide trucking to contractors. ultimately, i think this will
make me shut my doris and i will no longer be able to have a business in the city. i oppose. thank you i am a small business woman owned company. i provide trucking services on many city projects, and i oppose the p.l.a. 's. >> thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. i am a small business and a resident in san francisco. i oppose the p.l.a. i've been doing business here for 25 years. it has only gotten harder for me. the legislature written in the p.l.a. enters my ability to work in multiple markets. it will affect my business greatly. i will no longer be able to track if the p.l.a. is mandatory
citywide. we cannot find the suppliers that will work with us on these projects. >> thank you. [applause] >> good afternoon. i am the president of the coalition for economic equity. the coalition has been around for almost 35 years. we operate on a consensus of our member organizations. over the years, we've come together to address various legislation before the city, before the board of supervisors. in 1984, we came together to work with the city and coming together with the ordinance to provide opportunities for mbe and w. mbe staff that had been discriminated against in the past. we came together for amendments to 14 b. we come together again to address the legislation which will have an adverse impact on mbe and wbe in the city.
the threshold is not which below as proposed. we think it should be 20 milli 20 million. we have circulated a draft amendment for the legislation in which -- >> thank you. thank you so much. >> thank you supervisors good afternoon. too too -- recently last year retired from working 34 years for the human rights commission and contract compliance and contract monitoring division. over this 34 years i looked very carefully at the words and straight off, i'm sorry to say, i have to disagree with you supervisors. project labour agreement, ok? s.f.o. is a project.