Did the Mayor Break His Promise to SEIU?

Unionized social workers staged a rally in front of San Francisco's Human Services Agency (HSA) building today, with labor organizers claiming that Mayor Gavin Newsom has reneged on his end of a budget deal hashed out earlier this year.

The organizers, from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the city's largest union, assert that $38 million given up to the city during contract negotiations with the mayor's office this spring and summer has not been rewarded, as promised, with new-found revenue to prevent layoffs in the ranks of the city's social workers.

Said SEIU Political Coordinator Robert Haaland, “Why would we ever in the future agree to any wage concessions when all we got was a broken promise?”

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