Some 4,000 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21 members who work for the city of San Francisco help make that vibrant and diverse city work for everyone. This new IFPTE video, “A San Francisco for Everyone,” highlights a number of those workers who talk about how their jobs impact the city and its residents.
Robin Ho is compliance officer for the Office of Labor Standards in a town with a large immigrant worker population. In her biggest case, she helped win a $575,000 back pay settlement for seven workers in a China Town restaurant. “It definitely changed their lives,” she says, and adds:
As an immigrant myself I know how big of a challenge they face, how hard it is for them to be brave enough to come forward and file a complaint because of fear of retaliation.
Housing inspector Barbara Lopez says there often is a big lack of communication between landlords and tenants, “and we’re smack in the middle of it.”
Especially if you see children or seniors or disabled people you want to make sure even more so that that environment is suitable for the people who live there. I really do enjoy it when we have a case that we resolve and you walk into a place that was covered in mold or lead and you go back and the work is done, it’s completed. You’re so happy about it.
Watch the video (above) and hear more from IFPTE physical therapists, traffic planners, health care/AIDs outreach workers and others.