Over 800 SF city workers protest City Hall giveaways to wealthy corporations
versus funding vital public services.
More Work, Less City Staff To Carry The Load
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Today there are 4,000 fewer SEIU 1021 workers on the job since 2008. Many workers are doing two or three jobs – and they feel it. That’s not good for workers — or for the public.
Our bargaining team is talking about workload and staffing issues; ending abuse of as-needed and part-time workers; keeping healthcare affordable; fair wages; equal work for equal pay for eligibility workers; other flexing classifications and protecting against deskilling. The city won’t respond.
Meanwhile, SEIU 1021 members continue to fall behind the cost of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
As housing costs soar, the city isn’t offering a wage increase that would help our workers catch up. On top of that, the mayor wants a majority of us to pay more in increased health-care costs – as much as $1200 more a year for the Kaiser option plus one.
The cost of living index has gone up by 25 percent since 2002 – and wages have fallen 13 percent behind. Meanwhile, our members face evictions and soaring housing costs that make it hard to stay in San Francisco.
Can the city afford to pay us a fair wage? Of course. San Francisco is going through the greatest economic boom in years – and there seems to be plenty of money to give away tax breaks to wealthy tech companies. Twitter alone – a company worth nearly $30 billion – got a $56 million tax break in 2013. Other tax breaks for corporations and real estate interests are costing the city as much as $600 million, our research shows.
The mayor falsely claims a budget deficit of $96 million – but our financial analysts say that overstates costs and understates revenue.
Our bargaining team is asking for wage increases that reflect the reality of living in San Francisco and the Bay Area today. We’re asking that the city take back those tax cuts the mayor has given to big corporations.
Remember: When the city faced tough times, our members made the tough decision to accept furloughs, wage freezes, and layoffs.We’ve paid more into our pensions. Hundreds of our members were deskilled to lower-paid classifications.
“We have given Twitter and Mayor Lee a deadline: By Tax Day, the day the rest of us have to pay our taxes, we want this big, successful business to pay its city taxes – just like everyone else,” said Karen Joubert, SEIU 1021 VP of Representation.
On April 15, we will meet at City Hall at 4 pm and march to Twitter to demand the taxes that are due. Join us as we fight for worker rights – and to take back San Francisco!
- March 29: Community Forum about Wealth and Disparity in the Black Community. SEIU 1021 office, 350 Rhode Island St., 9:30 AM – 2 PM
- April 1: Tech Shuttle Bus Appeal Hearing, 3 PM. Forced evictions, soaring rents, displacing families and people of color are issues sited as the environmental impact of the tech shuttle busses
- April 2, Contract Campaign Training, 5:30-8 PM. Join us for a training and discussion about our contract campaign for fair wages and affordable healthcare, sponsored by the Women’s Economic Agenda Project at the SEIU 1021 office, 350 Rhode Island at 5:30 PM.
- April 12, 2014: Cesar Chavez Celebration, 10 AM. Meet at Dolores Park and participate in the parade celebrating Cesar Chavez legacy.
- April 15, 2014: Tax Day Mega Rally and March at 4 PM – 6 PM. It’s time for tech companies & corporate executives to pay their fair share. We are gathering at City Hall and marching to Twitter, 4 to 6 PM.
- April 22, 2014: SF Housing Authority Hearing. SF Supervisor London Breed is conducting a hearing to evaluate a new proposed plan to privatize the housing authority which may displace thousands of African Americans in SF.
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