On Friday evening after sitting for hours of public sector pension negotiations at City Hall, I stopped by the Building Trade Council’s political fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. As usual the food was great and the casino night theme kept everyone in a good mood. The Council honored its President, Larry Mazzola, Business Manager of Plumbers Union Local 38. Larry is also a Vice-President of the Labor Council. Larry was one of the most respected construction trade leaders when I first worked as a business representative for Bricklayers and Tilelayers Local 3 in the early 1990’s. He was there whenever I needed advice on how to best represent our members and he still brings good counsel over 20 years later. Thanks for your support over the years, Larry Mazzola. (Photo of award at casino nite.)
At the same time, over in Oakland, my colleague Sharon Cornu was being honored by the Alameda County Central Labor Council for her years serving as political director and executive secretary-treasurer. Sharon and I both started working for Labor Councils as political directors almost 10 years ago – me in San Mateo county and she in Alameda – before we were elected officers of the Labor Council. So we have spent many hours strategizing over elections and organizing campaigns. I wish her well as Deputy Mayor in Jean Quans Administration. (photo of Sharon and I at antiwar rally)
And speaking of Oakland I can’t say that I’m too displeased with the way the Giants dismantled the A’s this weekend….
I also want to remind everyone that our political fundraiser is coming in less than two weeks (June 9th!) and table reservations are coming in a bit slowly. We know that times are difficult but we will still be busy this coming November. Again, we are honoring Fiona Ma for her 100% voting record in 2010 as well as our brothers and sisters who came out in November to defeat Measure B. Check out all the details here.
And don’t forget Local 2’s action at the Intercontinental on Wednesday from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Tim Paulson is the executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, an organization representing over 100 local unions with a membership of over 100,000 working men and women in San Francisco.