Workers tar a new roof at Anthony P. Russo Academy of the Alum Rock Union School District in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The district is under fire for fiscal mismanagement of bond funds used for construction and repairs on its schools. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

San Jose ballot measure would force real estate developers to hire local

As Silicon Valley’s real estate market booms, benefiting homeowners, landlords and developers, some labor activists say one group isn’t reaping its fair share of the profits: local construction workers.

A proposed ballot measure for San Jose seeks to change that. If supporters gather enough signatures, and then voters approve the measure in November, the “Build Better San Jose” initiative would require developers of large, private projects to hire more local workers, and pay them better.

“Workers are not paid enough to be able to afford to live in the area,” said Louise Auerhahn, director of economic and workforce policy for labor think tank Working Partnerships USA, which helped draft the measure.

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