One way to make Apple CEO Tim Cook uncomfortable is to mention the labor conditions at Foxconn, the tech company’s China-based manufacturer. Ben Field knows that, which is why he broached the subject at a recent Apple shareholders meeting. Read More
The City’s effort to reduce the pay for certain future public employees is in line with market rates for those jobs, but the proposal would disproportionately affect the earning power of women and minorities, union officials told city leaders Wednesday.
In December, The City moved to reduce the pay for about 45 classes of workers — including custodians, nurses and pharmacists — who earn more in San Francisco than in other cities. Read More
Future hires for public-sector jobs in The City traditionally held by women and minorities could receive lower pay under a proposal union brass says would erase decades of progress in wage equality. Read More
When notoriously brazen Supervisor Chris Daly was termed out of his seat at City Hall in 2010, he managed to find another pulpit: behind his very own bar. And thus, the Buck Tavern on Market Street became a hangout for activists, policy wonks, supervisors, journalists and, on at least one occasion, Mayor Ed Lee.
But for Daly, it appears even bar ownership comes with term limits.
Buck Tavern is set to close at the end of the month due to an impasse with the building owner over the cost of rent.
Union whistle-blowers at Covenant Aviation Security say they are not motivated by self-interest to speak out about baggage security problems at San Francisco International Airport. Read More
Two San Francisco museums are facing labor strife, with the vast majority of union workers at the de Young and Legion of Honor voting to allow their bargaining team to call a strike.
The nonprofit workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 say they’re angry that their health benefit costs are increasing, despite nearly $20 million in increased assets over the past two years for the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums, which runs the two facilities. Read More
Tying increased business registration fees to the Consumer Price Index could be the path toward compromise for a single November ballot measure designed to replace San Francisco’s tax on businesses’ payrolls with a tax on gross receipts.
The Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday sent dueling gross-receipts tax measures to the full board for a vote next week. Read More
Court proceedings were thrown into disarray Monday when workers upset about pay cuts walked off the job in a one-day strike.
Only a handful of courtrooms were open to conduct criminal matters at the Hall of Justice as court clerks and other employees represented by Service Employees Union Local 1021 rallied outside. Strikes were also in effect at the civil and juvenile courthouses, totaling more than 200 workers. Read More
Upcoming contract negotiations with its 16 different workers unions could reduce — or even increase — a two-year, $53.2 million budget deficit for San Francisco’s transit agency.Representing roughly 2,500 employees, the 16 unions make up about half the workforce of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni. That does not include the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents about 2,200 vehicle operators. Read More
Negotiations between The City and its labor unions are only a few weeks old but they are already heating up in a very public way after Mayor Ed Lee asked employees for wage concessions and to pay more for their health care.The unions are not only denouncing the requested concessions but demanding pay hikes instead. “Right now it’s an unbridgeable gap,” said Larry Bradshaw, vice president of Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union. Read More