Local Hires Demanded for San Francisco Construction Project

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A group of San Francisco residents is threatening to shut down construction on the new Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School when work begins later this year unless the school district agrees to hire neighborhood residents.

Residents, including those with the Aboriginal Blackmen United group, successfully shut down work during the demolition of the old school building on the Bayview district project site last year until the contractor agreed to hire local men to work security on the $40 million project.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco school board is expected to select a general contractor to build the new school, one who will be expected to make good-faith efforts to hire city residents. But the builders will not technically be required to do so.

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