Small businesses keep jobs in our communities and contribute to the culture and vibrancy of our City. The SFPUC is dedicated to providing these businesses and local contractors with employment and workforce development opportunities. We aim to attract, retain and develop an effective workforce that consistently delivers high-quality water, power and wastewater to our service area.
Project Labor Agreement: Collaborating for the Construction Community
The Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) and Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) are possible through project labor agreements (PLAs). These are formal agreements with local labor unions which ensure that local workers and residents impacted by these capital projects have access to construction training and job opportunities. Over the years, PLAs have brought thousands of critically needed jobs to San Francisco, while building healthier, more reliable water and sewer systems.
Our PLAs help to:
Building Community Capacity Through Our Contractors Assistance Center
- Provide access to a steady supply of skilled union workers
- Pay family-sustaining prevailing wages and benefits
- Harmonize safety protocols at work sites
- Create careers in construction
Our Contractors Assistance Center
provides community contractors with the tools and resources needed to compete for contracting opportunities around the City and on capital projects including the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). The Center offers a wide range of services from green infrastructure training programs to one-on-one counseling to networking events.
To date, nearly 50 contractors have completed a green infrastructure construction training program offered at “the Center.” The training teaches participants about industry best practices and project delivery standards. To help prepare contractors for upcoming SSIP green infrastructure project requirements, the Center has also worked with the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute to provide a free, permeable pavement training on interlocking concrete pavement installations.
Empowering Women to Build Our Future
The SFPUC is dedicated to increasing women in the construction trades. We partner with the National Association of Women in Construction and the Women’s Business National Council to host the Annual Women in Construction Exposition.
The Expo provides multiple benefits to attendees, from supporting women in the construction industry by sharing information on pre-apprenticeship programs to beginning a career in the industry. Other advantages include strengthening professional skills, growing successful companies and navigating the contract bidding process. Through the Expo, participants also have the opportunity to learn about construction opportunities with the SFPUC.
Our Agency is also proud to be a member of the Tuolumne Community Collaborative, group of more than 25 entities including education institutions, local contractors, professional services firms, and government agencies that support a pipeline of local workers in the construction industry. The Collaborative features a Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program, and it recently celebrated an inaugural all-female class. Through the program, participants study construction industry best practices, experience hands-on training, learn construction safety, and receive project-specific worker certifications.