Unemployed construction workers urge Newsom to sign law

SAN FRANCISCO

They are urging him to sign a local hiring law approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by Christmas.

It would require that 20 percent of all workers on publicly funded projects be San Francisco residents starting in 2011.

That number would increase 5 percent annually, until it reaches 50-percent.

The San Francisco controller estimates the law would pump $270 million into the local economy over the next 10 years.

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