After a brief hiatus from protests in front of the Mission Bay construction site where UCSF is building a new hospital, the unemployed woke up this morning and resumed their picketing, this time forcing builders to shut the gates and stop working for several hours.
Members of the Aboriginal Blackmen United picketed outside the gates, causing enough disruption that construction workers on the site had to shut the gates and stop working, UCSF officials say. They have since resumed work.
It's the first time that the ongoing disagreement over local hiring has truly hurt the progress of the project, said Amy Pyle, spokeswoman with UCSF
“At some point nobody could get in and work stopped,” Pyle said. “And when work stops there are no jobs.”