Okay, it's not that simple. But that's essentially the thinking behind the Board of Supervisors' actions today, in which they potentially staved off the possibility of laying off an indeterminate number of SEIU workers in the Department of Public Health — until next month.
In order to keep the workers on the payroll until until at least mid-December, the city will siphon $1.8 million out of a “reserve fund” within the Department of Public Health. While the term “reserve fund” conjures up images of a Scrooge MacDuck-like bin of money sitting idly, this fund is actually already earmarked to pay other workers in the department. If it is not restocked, then they will be facing departure. But, assure SEIU officials and their governmental allies, worry not: State funds are on the way.