Re "Union feud bill handed to governor" (Dan Walters, Oct. 9): Dan Walters calls SB 54 a solution in search of a problem. But he has already defined the problem -- inadequately trained workers performing dangerous construction work at highly volatile industrial facilities, resulting in accidents such as the disastrous Richmond refinery fire.
One only needs to look at the recent fire and explosion at an industrial chemical plant in Texas that killed several facility workers and 13 firefighters at this largely unregulated facility.
The State Building Trades, whose workers originally constructed the refineries, provides the finest training available through state-approved apprenticeship programs, and SB 54 would put it to use making refineries around the state, their workers, and surrounding blue-collar communities, safer. This is precisely why those who truly care about public health and safety, including the California Medical Association, League of Conservation Voters, and California Professional Firefighters, urge Gov. Jerry Brown to sign SB 54.
-- Robbie Hunter, Sacramento, president, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California