SEIU Local 1021 has found a makeshift solution to get Mayor Ed Lee to attend their "Worker Wednesday" roundtables: a 7-foot cardboard cutout of the mayor.
Last week, SEIU Local 1021 invited Mayor Lee to "Worker Wednesdays", a play-on "Tech Tuesdays," when the mayor meets with tech companies to discuss how to keep them in the city. The union's proposed "Worker Wednesdays" is a workable way to get the mayor to meet with union workers on site each Wednesday to discuss how to help them thrive in San Francisco.
But the mayor was a no-show to the Wednesday event. As a result, the union crafted their own Mayor Lee and paraded the cardboard cutout of the mayor on the grounds of the De Young Museum where they were planning to meet.
It was a bit awkward as the union reps demanded the cardboard version of Mayor Lee come up with solutions to the economic disparity in the city. Among other grievances they launched, the union wants to know more about city policies that grants tax breaks to CEO's at tech companies.
This probably doesn't come as a surprise to you, but the cardboard version of Mayor Lee didn't say a peep. We contacted the real Mayor Ed Lee's office for comment. He too, didn't say a peep.
Larry Bradshaw, vice president of SEIU local 1021, says that city workers' hours have been reduced to part-time or on an as-needed basis to compensate for recent budget shortfalls. "The Mayor's policy to keep a large workforce as part-time and as-needed workers is another failed policy forcing families and people of color out of the city," says Bradshaw.
The upshot to having a cardboard cutout of the mayor is that he's transportable. So this week, "Worker Wednesdays" will be held at San Francisco's 911 Dispatch, 1011 Turk St., at 1 p.m. SEIU local 1021 members plan on questioning the mayor about the staff shortage at the dispatch center that is causing some city residents to be put on hold when they call during an emergency.
The real Mayor Ed Lee is invited, but if he doesn't show up, at least we know his paper proxy is cut out for the job.