San Francisco union organizers plan to rally outside City Hall today to call on top city officials to forgo pay raises they are set to receive later this year.
The salaries of San Francisco’s mayor, district attorney, city attorney and public defender are set to increase in July as a result of a law approved by the city’s voters in 2006.
The law went into effect in 2007 and requires the Civil Service Commission every five years to set the salary for those elected officials based on the average of their counterparts in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Organizers with Service Employees International Union 1021, which represents more than 13,000 San Francisco city workers, are holding a rally this afternoon to protest those proposed pay raises, union spokesman Carlos Rivera said.
Rivera said union members are unhappy that top city officials could get raises while “asking for the fifth year in a row for more cutbacks and wage cuts” from the union.
“Our members are very upset,” he said. “It feels really unfair.”
The rally is scheduled for 4 p.m. outside City Hall. A planned act of civil disobedience is expected to follow, but union organizers were not releasing details about that action this morning.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News