San Francisco City workers lead a powerful march down Market St from City Hall
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On March 23, SF City workers doubled down on our efforts to urge the Mayor to address San Francisco’s staffing crisis. Hundreds of workers gathered in front of City Hall for an hour of rowdy chants and rousing speeches, followed by a march down Market Street. You can check out photos here.
We called on the Mayor to take action and staff up San Francisco’s vital public services, which are struggling under the weight of decades of underinvestment and short-staffing. Making sure that city leaders see our strength, unity, and commitment to fighting is essential to strengthen our position at the bargaining table and remind management that to make our city work, we need city workers.
“My team provides services to people living in supportive housing, all of whom have a history of homelessness. We help people access food and healthcare, do wellness checks when clients haven’t been heard from, and much more. When we’re this understaffed, it causes a significant reduction in the services we can provide. Short-staffing puts the people we serve at serious risk. Filling these vacancies and staffing our department will help us provide the services our clients need; without adequate staffing we can’t provide enough support,” said Leslie Kupper, an SEIU 1021 member and a Behavioral Health Clinician with the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing.
Earlier in the day, members from the Department of Public Health also presented to the Board of Supervisors on the chronic short-staffing across DPH, including at San Francisco General Hospital, that is impacting patient care and the ability of residents to access services.