Tuesday, February 17, 2009

DIRE Economic Picture has City Asking Laborers' Union Members for $$$!

Brothers & Sisters:

The attached came in this morning. I will ask that the SFDHR send a representative to your next meeting on February 25. I will keep you posted!
Labor Colleagues:

The City is facing an unprecedented $576 million projected shortfall to its General Fund for fiscal year 2009-2010. The necessary cuts to balance this shortfall will be incredibly difficult for City workers and for the residents of San Francisco who rely on critical City services.

In addition to two previous rounds of layoffs in recent months, the City will issue layoff notices on February 27, 2009, with a layoff effective date of May 1, 2009.

As you know, in light of these dire budgetary conditions, we are asking that all labor unions give up their December 2008 or April 2009 wage increases. We are asking all unions to forgo these raises, to keep the paychecks they had as of December 1, 2008, so that the City can reduce the number of anticipated layoffs. The request is to remain at or return to the December 1, 2008 level as soon as possible, but not later than June 30, 2009. This request is being made of all unions, regardless of whether the current MOU expires on June 30, 2009 or thereafter. The City is already in discussions with some labor groups.

Please contact me or our Bargaining Coordinator, Linda Papin, to schedule a meeting to discuss your union’s response to this request. Thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,

Martin R. Gran
Director, Employee Relations Division
Department of Human Resources

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