All photos: Chris Roberts, for the Appeal


10:35 PM (BCN):San Francisco police arrested 18 people this evening during a demonstration in which unionized employees blocked part of Market Street in protest of layoffs and wage reductions.

Protesters marched from City Hall to Market Street and, at about 6 p.m., a circle of demonstrators was blocking the intersection of Market and Eighth streets. Police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said 18 protesters were arrested at the intersection for obstructing traffic.

The demonstrators were cited and released, Tomioka said.

Service Employee International Union Local 1021 officials say the city intends to lay off 500 city public health and school district employees and that the layoffs could be prevented by a budget appropriation to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

7:33 PM: Appeal reporter Chris Roberts, reporting from the scene, says that it was the executive board of the SEIU Local 1021 were the ones standing in the middle of the street, blocking traffic at Market and 8th. We’re told that they’d been trying to get arrested for about a week, ever since they occupied Newsom’s office. They tried harder this time, and we’re arrested at the scene. Traffic was moving approximately 50 minutes later, by 7 PM.

6:45 PM (BCN): Unionized city employees protesting layoffs and wage reductions marched from San Francisco City Hall to Market Street this afternoon, blocking off a busy intersection during rush hour.

A circle of demonstrators was blocking the intersection of Market and Eighth streets at 6 p.m.

Service Employee International Union Local 1021 officials say the city intends to lay off 500 city public health and school district employees and that the layoffs could be prevented by a budget appropriation to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    It’s hard to generate much sympathy for SEIU. They’ve essentially become a “bosses union” and have spent a lot of time attacking other labor unions. They even decided to withold funding for the state Democratic Party when the Party refused to clap like a seal and follow their agenda, at the expense of other labor unions.

    Then again, it’s Gavin that’s sticking it to them, while giving more pay raises to the police and fire departments. So it’s kind of a battle of the titans. Can we get James Dean to come back from the grave, kick ’em both in the butt and say “Shape up or ship out?”