It's good to be king: SF Labor Council backs porn-loving, long-term union honcho

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Union king pin Mazzola

Union king pin Mazzola


SFGate: In an extraordinary move, 20 members of the San Francisco Labor Council met privately with Mayor Ed Lee the other day to urge him to reappoint longtime plumbers union honcho Larry Mazzola to an unprecedented sixth term on the powerful Airport Commission.
Labor apparently felt the need to flex its muscle because questions have risen over why Mazzola tried to swing a job for his nephew at San Francisco International Airport, and because relations with Lee have grown rocky – notably, over the mayor’s desire to flush highly paid union plumbers from the money-poor Housing Authority.
Tim Paulson

Tim Paulson


“It’s difficult for the Labor Council to find consensus on many things, but we have all come together and are unanimous in our support for Larry Mazzola to be reappointed,” said the council’s executive director, Tim Paulson.
Mazzola has served on the Airport Commission for 20 years, and his plumbers union leader father, Joe Mazzola, also served on the commission.
“This is not an Airport Commission seat – this is a Mazzola seat,” quipped one former San Francisco supervisor.
But as we reported in this column, Mazzola – by his own admission – helped his nephew land a new job at the airport after he was forced to resign from another position at SFO for having porn on his work computer.
Mazzola later pushed to have the nephew considered for permanent assignment to the $86,000-a-year job, even after he pleaded no contest to assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.
At the time, Lee said he was disturbed by the revelations. The mayor has also been less than thrilled by Mazzola’s refusal to play along with Lee’s efforts to reform the trouble-plagued Housing Authority.
Facing a backlog of costly repairs, the mayor wanted the union, United Association Local 38, to agree to allow cheaper maintenance technicians to do routine handiwork such as unplugging toilets. When the plumbers balked, Lee went ahead without their blessing. Now the union is taking legal action to stop the change.
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Lee may not care for Mazzola’s actions, but cutting him loose would cause him political problems. Mazzola is not only a favorite of the hard-hat building trade groups, but he also has the strong backing of the progressive restaurant workers union, in part because he has made sure airport concessions are union shops.
“Mazzola has been on the front line of supporting working people at the airport, whether it’s the baggage handlers or the screeners or our members in food service,” said Mike Casey, head of Unite Here Local 2, which represents hospitality workers at the airport.
Mazzola has served as president of the Airport Commission for 11 years. Although his commission term officially ran out Aug. 31, Lee has until the end of October to make the reappointment call – and so far has given no hint of which way he is leaning.
However, the mayor is definitely looking ahead to the Nov. 4 vote on his $500 million transportation bond, not to mention his re-election campaign next year – and for both, he’ll need all the union help he can get.
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0 responses to “It's good to be king: SF Labor Council backs porn-loving, long-term union honcho

  1. “…all the union help he can get.” I thought it was bought & paid for, as was the PoS?

     
  2. Unions doing what is typical for them, stepping on the neck of anyone they disagree with. They are absolutely organized crime packaged in the more acceptable form of a union. The organizers and union heads are politically dirty players and morally corrupt people.

     

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