Bosses fail to block carpenters’ fight in S.F.
- BY JOEL BRITTON, The Militant
SAN FRANCISCO—Black and Latino construction workers won a victory for workers and democratic rights here October 22. A California Superior Court judge denied a construction company’s request for injunctions that would have blocked carpenters and community leaders from assembling at job sites in the Hunters Point neighborhood to protest unsafe working conditions.
Rubecon General Contracting, Inc. went to court after some 150 workers stopped working at the Shoreview apartments in early October. The workers, who are mostly African Americans and Latinos, cited unsafe conditions at one rehabbing site, extortion of immigrant workers’ pay, and—by the second day of the work stoppage—the firing of Gregory Hall and Will Hall.
Longtime members of the Carpenters Union, Greg Hall was the foreman for Rubecon at the job site and Will Hall was the field superintendent. The Halls are African Americans. Greg Hall is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Latino and Black carpenters that seeks an end to racist, discriminatory abuses at construction sites.