Saturday, March 28, 2009

City Employee Health Service Board and Retiree Health Trust Fund Board 2009 Elections.

261 Members: IT'S YOUR MONEY $$$ AND, IT'S YOUR VOTE!!!

If you have not already received your ballot in the mail, you will soon.  Please support the endorsed candidate for the Health Service System Board, Sharon Ferrigno.  

Also, Look into candidates John W. Maddon (retiree seat,) and Alexis Croce Casciato (active,) for the Retiree Health Trust Board as formal endorsements were not made in this race based on time constraints.  Both Maddon and Casciato have had extensive dealings with, and on behalf of our Labor Union.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jared Blumenfeld,General Manager San Francisco Recreation and Park Department delivers the plan.

The economic news facing the nation and the city is now having its impacton our recreation and parks system in San Francisco. The City has a $500million budget shortfall. It is really hard to even imagine the scale ofthis problem.
For the Recreation and Park Department, we are beingrequired to cut $11.4 million.In the midst of all this bad news, the San Francisco parks system justreceived a rating of eighty-six percent – This excellent number has gone upthree years in a row and shows what a good job the city is collectivelydoing to maintain our beloved parks.We have approached the budget problem by firstly trying to raise revenue inthe form of rock festivals, paid parking in parks, and increases to fees.While these are not all popular, they are necessary before we look atlaying-off staff.
As a result of this effort, we have come up with $4.8million in new revenue.Secondly, we cut managers and administrative positions by more thanthirteen percent, totaling $1.7 million. This is a good start but itdoesn’t get us all the way.I have visited over 200 of our parks facilities on my bicycle – thanks toall the members of the public that have joined me over the last threemonths!
One of the things that struck me was either the complete lack ofposted opening times or opening times that differed greatly from facilityto facility. We have worked to change this! For the first time, we willhave full-service recreation centers and swimming pools that will be open7-days per week and all our facilities will have clear schedules.
Unfortunately, we will have to lay off a total of 72 staff – mostlyproviders of recreation programs. While it is impossible to offer the samelevel of service with less staff, we are confident that we have developed aplan that will minimize the service impacts. All parks, playgrounds,recreation centers, pools, golf courses, gyms, art centers, senior centersand clubhouses will remain open. Not one recreation and parks facility willclose as a result of this budget.We will keep you informed as we move forward. More detailed informationabout this plan is available on our website: As aparticipant in our recreation programs, you play an important role in ourpartnership with your community and we welcome your comments and ideasabout how we can serve you better.

Best regards,Jared Blumenfeld,
General ManagerSan Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Friday, March 6, 2009

Contract Negotiations with City and County getting complicated and intense!

This afternoon the City and Local Union concluded sessions and moved toward March 13th as the date for proposals from both sides to be final. The Chairs (Adrian and Theresa,) coordinated an effective discussion in which thus far over forty proposals have already changed hands.
The City has made initial proposals that include eliminating Parking, Travel Pay, and other things while requesting a contribution to the Healthcare in the amount of %2 to start. The Union has proposed language related to representation, stewardship, jurisdiction, lead pay, PTO, shift bidding, professional organization fees, and other things. In the meantime, representatives from the DHR continue to request to reopen the current agreement to eliminate the scheduled wage increase.
Terry McDevitt, Joan Vellutini, Nikki Mixon, Edison Fincher, Larry Montoya, Manny Bustos, and Alex Alvarez have all brought top notch representation to the table for all of us! Check back for a continuously updated list of these items.