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News, The Snitch Will City Manage to *Lose* Money on Pension 'Reform'?

Will City Manage to *Lose* Money on Pension 'Reform'?

You'd think even San Francisco wouldn't manage to formulate a "solution" for pension reform that actually costs millions more in both the long-run and short-run. Right? Right? Well -- apparently not. We've written a bit about Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and…
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News, The Snitch City: Nurses Will Be Paid More Here Even With Slashed Salaries

City: Nurses Will Be Paid More Here Even With Slashed Salaries

The city of San Francisco's response to hundreds of nurses who stand to lose perhaps $14,000 a year in compensation: You don't know how good you've got it. The Department of Human Resources is circulating a survey of nurses' compensation…
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News, The Snitch SEIU Organizer on Doomed Campaign: 'What Else Could We Do?'

SEIU Organizer on Doomed Campaign: 'What Else Could We Do?'

The other day we wondered just what the SEIU was thinking in running a large, highly visible, public campaign to stave off layoffs -- when the one and only person who could prevent them, Mayor Gavin Newsom, was already quite…
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News, The Snitch So, How Many SEIU Workers are Facing Layoffs? Depends on Whom You Ask.

So, How Many SEIU Workers are Facing Layoffs? Depends on Whom You Ask.

The big news of the day in the city -- other than our pending return to a quasi-barter economy; I'll exchange two chickens for a scrape of gold off the City Hall dome I can trade to the Ron Paul…
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News, The Snitch Controller: Dire Financial Warning Is No Political Ploy

Controller: Dire Financial Warning Is No Political Ploy

Yesterday, SF Weekly broke the news that the city's finances are in such bad shape that the controller has forbidden the mayor or supes from making any expenditures not previously budgeted; the controller cannot guarantee the money is there. Yes,…
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News, The Snitch SEIU's Claim Mayor 'Broke Promise' to Union Is a Tough Sell

SEIU's Claim Mayor 'Broke Promise' to Union Is a Tough Sell

Yesterday's contentious SEIU protest at City Hall was both similar to and different from the protests that proceeded it. It was different in that it featured a 14-foot-tall puppet and some sort of altercation with a Native American group. And…
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News, The Snitch SEIU's New Pact With City Looks Remarkably Like Old Pact -- But Won't Save Jobs of 288 Workers Dismissed Today

SEIU's New Pact With City Looks Remarkably Like Old Pact -- But Won't Save Jobs of 288 Workers Dismissed Today

For the SEIU Local 1021, it may be time to paraphrase The Who: Meet the new wage concessions package, same as the old wage concessions package. Specific details for the deal weren't immediately available -- the bargain was only cut…
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News, The Snitch Labor Groups, Babies, Very Old People, Supes Rally Against Rec & Park Cuts -- But Layoffs May Already Be Fait Accompli

Labor Groups, Babies, Very Old People, Supes Rally Against Rec & Park Cuts -- But Layoffs May Already Be Fait Accompli

Fashion-wise, children often make the best accessories. Far better than purple tchochkes -- but at today's SEIU City Hall rally on behalf of soon-to-be laid off San Francisco recreation directors, there were plenty of both. A succession of Recreation &…
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News, Feature Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine

Sleepless election officials were at wits' end. Nearly two days had passed since the polls closed, and still no one knew the results of the Nov. 2 election. Although dismissed as inconsequential by political pundits, the last-minute write-in campaign by…
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