PG&E union mounts formidable opposition to SF takeover attempt

September 27, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
By JD Morris

San Francisco’s $2.5 billion plan to take over local Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines has unanimous support from the city’s top elected leaders — a rare political feat for such an ambitious and expensive endeavor.

But a powerful union opposes any transfer, saying it will hurt workers.

Mayor London Breed, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and the Board of Supervisors are all backing the idea. Breed and Herrera made the formal offer to PG&E in a letter three weeks ago, which they followed up on during a meeting with PG&E chief Bill Johnson Thursday, and the supervisors have unanimously supported the move.