Workers Warn Public Health and Safety Is Undermined as City Gives Key Responsibilities to Non-Profit Organizations–but Fails to Adequately Fund Them
Calls for End of Double Standard for Non-Profit Workers in City Budget
Eleven non-profit workers and their allies were arrested for civil disobedience in a protest against injustice in the city budget that threatens the quality of care provided to tens of thousands of vulnerable San Franciscans at approximately 800 residential, mental health, and other social service agencies around the City.
“San Francisco has to end the double standard,” said Larry Bradshaw, SEIU 1021 Vice President and San Francisco worker. “While non-profit workers help provide affordable housing and healthcare services to San Francisca’s most vulnerable, some of these workers are on the verge of homelessness and many struggle to make ends meet. When non-profit workers can’t afford to live–not just their clients–but our entire community suffers. It undermines the care they provide to our city’s most vulnerable.
The workers at non-profit agencies are demanding the routine cost-of-doing-business increases that are granted to for-profit contractors get. Without those regular increases, workers are unable to keep up with the rising cost of living in San Francisco. The result is turnover at the agencies, instability in the programs, and—all too often—care standards for our population that are in danger of falling.
“The City’s budget is a recipe for dysfunction, chaos for the workers, and unnecessary problems for our clients,” said Darien Lomeli, a nonprofit worker at The Progress Foundation’s seniors’ residential transitional program. “San Francisco deserves better,”
The estimated cost of an additional 1.5% CODB is $6.8 million annually – only 2.7% of the current reserve of $250.7 million. The City has a history of underestimating revenues and overestimating expenses. So far this year, San Francisco has collected an estimated $58 million in unanticipated real estate and local tax revenue.