San Francisco, CA – Last night, the San Francisco Labor Council officially endorsed James Fang for re-election to the BART Board of Directors. The Labor Council, representing more than 100,000 workers in the city of San Francisco, joins SEIU BART Local 1021, AFSCME BART Local 3993, SF Firefighters Local 798 and SF Police Association in supporting Fang’s re-election.
“With James Fang’s leadership, BART ridership has nearly doubled while on-time performance has climbed from 87% to 95%,” says Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson. “He has established BART fare discounts for seniors, youth and disabled. And he’s won $10 million over the last four years for MUNI from BART. James Fang really understands San Francisco’s transit because he grew up here riding our transit.”
At BART Fang is leading a newly formed Labor Negotiations Review Committee to find solutions for preventing another strike. Fang has already brought labor, management and board members together to create new procedures that will include participation of BART Directors and outside negotiators to resolve issues during labor talks.
The San Francisco Labor Council is the local body of the AFL-CIO and was chartered in 1893 to be the coordinating regional body for labor cooperation and unity. We are a membership organization serving as a coalition of the Labor Community in San Francisco. Over 150 unions are affiliated with the SFLC, representing more than 100,000 union members and their families.
James Fang is endorsed by U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Democratic Party Chair John Burton and many other prominent San Franciscans.