9:23 PM: A demonstration by hundreds of city workers and their supporters at San Francisco’s City Hall came to a peaceful end tonight, an organizer said.
Members of the Service Employees International Union 1021 gathered at around 5:30 p.m. to oppose potential service cuts and call for business tax reform, union spokesman Carlos Rivera said.
Participants came with sleeping bags, prepared to stay all night, but left without incident about two hours later when told to by the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Department, Rivera said.
“We were disappointed that we weren’t allowed to stay,” Rivera said but added that he felt the demonstration was a success.
Organizers delivered a letter to Mayor Ed Lee’s office asking him to stand with city workers and “close the loopholes on big banks and corporations that have not been paying their fair share,” Rivera said.
6:34 PM: Hundreds of city workers and their supporters have gathered under the rotunda inside San Francisco’s City Hall this evening and are prepared to stay all night to get their message across, a union spokesman said.
Organizers with Service Employees International Union 1021 called for the rally to oppose potential cuts as the union enters into the first day of arbitration, spokesman Carlos Rivera said.
Demonstrators are also calling on city officials to pursue business tax reform and “close the loopholes on big banks and corporations that have not been paying their fair share,” Rivera said.
Rivera said the union members plan to deliver a letter to Mayor Ed Lee this evening, asking him to stand with city workers.
“We brought our sleeping bags,” Rivera said. “We’re planning to be here until they tell us to go.”
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