Nursing assistants in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties earn between $38,220 and $48,339 -- with an average annual max of $43,749.
This survey, however, didn't much impress SEIU members. Organizer Robert Haaland called it "morally embarrassing" and reiterated the SEIU's No. 1 talking point on this move: That these pay cuts and layoffs primarily affect minority women of color. Haaland asked whether the city was preparing a survey regarding its more highly paid employees or managers.
And, in a way, it has: The Board of Supervisors this summer flogged a survey claiming city firefighters earn more money while working fewer hours than almost all their colleagues in neighboring environs. And, several years back, the board requested a survey that revealed an explosive growth in management positions in San Francisco.
So the "San Francisco pays way too much!" card isn't all that rarely played by management. That being said, the massive pay cut and layoff card is relatively rare.