Personal protective equipment rally sanitation workers, janitors

SAN JOSE — While some municipal collection agencies have enhanced sanitation practices and provided additional protective personal equipment, or PPE, to employees, other workplaces have been slower to adapt to the pandemic. In early April, workers at a McDonald’s in San Jose went on strike, after demands for PPE went unanswered.

Apprenticeships expand, struggle to make up years of dried-up pipeline

SAN JOSE — As training centers respond to a growing demand for skilled workers with more and larger classes, enrollment has not been able to make up for the talent gap created by the 2008 economic recession. At the Loyd E. Williams Pipe Trades Training Center, more than 500 apprentices train every week to become plumbers, steamfitters and refrigeration technicians — the most in 15 years.