8. Robbie Hunter
Robbie Hunter heads the State Building and Construction Trades Council, an amalgam that represents 450,000 construction workers in California. Those as fierce a fighter for labor as exists in the state, is not one to shy away from battle, and is often at odds with power players who have crossed a line. Last year found him going to war with Gov. Newsom following a number of slights from the Horseshoe, the last of which was when Hunter was publicly disinvited from the governor’s Future of Work Commission. Hunter gave Newsom the works, castigating his treatment of labor and sending kids dressed as newsies to deliver papers with the headline “Gov. Newsom Vetoes Fair Wages for Construction Workers” at the California Democratic Party convention in Long Beach. Newsom and Hunter made peace this year; he has since turned his fire toward Sen. Scott Wiener, who Hunter says has failed workers with inadequate prevailing wage protections.
Updated Aug. 11, 2o20