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UC Berkeley Job Listings

by Ché Timmons on 12/01/15

UC Berkeley is currently accepting applications for Regular Full-Time Plumber & Fitter positions at $44.40/hr. 

For more information or to apply:
  • Go to
  • Click: Job Listings 
  • Click: External Applicants
  • Under "Basic Job Search" type PLUMBER into the "Keywords:" field and click: Search
  • To learn more about the position you are interested in, click on the "Posting Title"
  • Or, to Apply, click on "Apply Now"

12/2014 - Alameda County Report - PLUMBERS

by Ché Timmons on 12/05/14

Happy Holidays to everyone! The plumbing work in Alameda County is still pretty slow and is expected to continue into the early part of 2015. On a better note, the outlook for 2015 is a lot brighter than the past couple of years.

One of the projects we have to look forward to is the East County Hall of Justice with Frank Booth as the plumbing contractor. We have completed a pre-job with Frank Booth and they are projected to start hiring toward the end of the first quarter of the 2015.

There is still some hospital work coming up in Alameda County with Washington Hospital still in limbo. This project is over a year behind schedule, but with the selection of a new general contractor we hope to see some forward movement.

Another hospital project we have to look forward to is the Oakland Children’s Hospital Expansion. This project is a $475-million expansion with a new 6-story outpatient building, new central plant, and renovation of 85,000 sq. ft. of existing space. The project is currently in the initial review stages, but we could possibly start seeing activity toward the latter part of the year.

With the defeat of Berkeley’s Measure R, the initiative aimed to impose strict standards on taller buildings, the The Residences at Berkeley Plaza project can now move forward. This project is under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and is an 18-story building with 300 apartment units and some small mixed-use spaces proposed in downtown Berkeley. There will be a public hearing on the EIR report and the project use permit on January 22, 2015. So, if you can make it please come out and support this project!

There is an enormous amount of proposed work in Alameda County. A lot of this work is private and we will have a hard time getting a foot in the door. As residents of the communities where these projects will be built, it is important that we attend these City Council meetings and speak out on local hiring provisions, which in turn helps put our members to work. Keep an eye on your local city’s website as well as the Local 342 website, for upcoming meetings and come out and speak on these projects.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

SUPPORT LABOR in Emeryville!

by Ché Timmons on 09/26/14

We received notice that the City of Emeryville Planning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014 in the City Council Chambers located at 1333 Park Avenue to consider a Final Development Plan for the Theatre Site of the Marketplace Redevelopment Project Planned Unit Development (“PUD”). 

Project Description:  construction of approximately 216 rental apartment units and 290 parking spaces in a seven story structure. 

Location: the Project will be developed on an approximately 1.79-acre site on the site of the former United Artists Theatre southwest of the intersection of 64th and Shellmound Streets in Emeryville at APN: 49-1556-1. 

Applicant: AvalonBay Communities, Inc. 

Entitlements: Final Development Plan (“FDP”) 

Status: The City Council will hold a study session to review the FDP for a revised Phase IC/II on “Parcel D” of the Marketplace Redevelopment Project PUD that was approved by the City Council on August 5, 2008.  An Environmental Impact Report for the Marketplace Redevelopment Project PUD was certified by the City Council on January 15, 2008.  

Residential Plumbing Agreement - Health Plan

by Ché Timmons on 09/23/14

Effective January 1, 2015, the Residential Plumbing Agreement will have new Health Plan and Kaiser will be the mandatory medical option for members and their dependents covered under this agreement. This means as a member working under the Residential Plumbing Agreement:

  • If you are currently enrolled in Kaiser, there is No Action necessary on your part.
  • If you are enrolled Blue Shield, you will have to enroll in Kaiser.
The Northern California Pipe Trades Trust Funds (NCPTTF) office will be mailing enrollment forms and additional benefit information in the near future.  If you have any medical eligibility questions, please contact the NCPTTF office at 925/356-8921, ext 310.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Che Timmons at 925/686-5880.


by Ché Timmons on 09/19/14

We received notice that the Newark Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the Newark Prima Project on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers, located at 37101 Newark Blvd. in Newark.

Project Description:  construction of 282 units on 19.43 acres.

Location: North of Mowry Avenue, South of Cedar Boulevard, east of Alpenrose Court and west of Cedar Court and the I-880 Freeway, in the City of Newark (Assessor Parcels: 092A-2587-006; 092A-2587-007; 092A-2587-008; 092A-2588-006; 092A-2588-005 and 092A-2588-008-03).

Applicant:  Newark Prima

Entitlements:  General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, a Planned Unit Development, and Conditional Use Permit, a Tentative and Final Subdivision Map and Architectural and Site Plan Review.

Status:  A Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”) was released with a comment deadline of September 18, 2014.  We sent you notification of the MND’s release on September 8, 2010.  We did not file comments on this Project.  The Newark Planning Commission will now hold a hearing to consider the adoption of (1) a resolution adopting the MND, (2) a resolution approving the planned unit development and conditional use permit, and (3) recommending the City Council approve the Vesting Tentative Map for the Project.