Does this mean the SEIU is being disingenuous? Certainly Haaland doesn't think so. He notes that many of the city's Certified Nursing Assistants will be re-hired to fill a newly created position called "Patient Care Assistant." It's unclear how the duties of a PCA and CNA differ, but the former will earn around 25 percent less, notes Haaland.
Similarly, many clerical workers will be laid off and then re-hired to lower-level positions with lower salaries, unseating the current holders of those positions, who will take the jobs of less senior workers, and so on and so on until a certain number of SEIU workers are gone.
And how many folks will that be? Haaland thinks between 70 and 100 workers will be unemployed if the proposed layoffs go through. Finally, Haaland wouldn't be doing his job as an SEIU organizer if he didn't mention -- repeatedly -- that the number of highly compensated managers in city government has jumped from 700 to 1,100 under Mayor Gavin Newsom. That figure, it seems, requires less smoke and mirrors to discern.