Union to Protest Scheduled Pay Raises for City Officials

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:32:36 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)--San Francisco union organizers plan to rally outside City Hall Wednesday 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.
 
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