The Governor signed AB 2011 that will allow for more affordable housing to be built in underused commercial areas typically reserved for retail, office and parking in California. The bill would create thousands of good-paying, prevailing wage jobs and ramp up housing near public transit areas, Newsom’s office said.
Southwest Mountain States Carpenters, alongside our Brothers and Sisters of NorCal Carpenters. championed the bill that includes strong labor standards that ensure all construction workers earn prevailing wages and receive health benefits. Workers in state-approved apprenticeship programs will be given first dibs on these jobs.
“This is an historic day,” said EST Rodriguez who was at the signing with Gov. Newsom. “AB 2011 is the single biggest step our state has taken to address the housing and homelessness crisis in more than a generation. AB 2011 will build critically needed housing and create good paying jobs. We thank Governor Newsom, Assemblymember Wicks, legislative leaders, and the historic coalition of housing advocates and labor that made today possible.”