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San Francisco City Workers and Retirees Protest Proposition C-Report On KPFA
by Ann Garrison
Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 3:17 PM
Ann Garrision of KPFA Weekend news covered the protest by rank and file city workers and retirees. Union Buster Sean Elsbernd was a keynote speaker.

San Francisco City Workers and Retirees Protest Proposition C


San Francisco City Workers and Retirees Protest Proposition C

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Submitted by annie on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 23:05
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KPFA Weekend News, 09.24.2011


A retired City worker speaks to San Francisco Supervisor and mayoral candidate John Avalos outside the Proposition C campaign kickoff. The Board of Supervisors unanimously supports Proposition C, as does Interium Mayor Ed Lee. Protestors said that Avalos was the only person attending the kickoff who stopped to speak to them.
KPFA Weekend News Anchor: Also in San Francisco today, a coalition of city workers, and retirees, gathered outside the African American Cultural Center on Fulton Street to protest the campaign kickoff for Proposition C, a measure on the City’s November ballot that would cut pension and health care benefits for city workers, and retirees, to balance the City budget. The protestors say that Measure C was negotiated between union bureaucrats, highly paid workers, including police and firemen, businessmen, including billionaire investor Warren Hellman, and, the Chamber of Commerce, at the expense of rank and file city workers. They also said that city worker retirees were excluded from negotiations and were thus unable to defend their interests. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Cities all over the U.S. are facing hard decisions about how to either raise new revenues or cut costs in response to worsening recession, increased concentration of tax sheltered wealth, and, the cost of perpetual war. The most hotly contested measures on the San Francisco ballot this November are Propositions C and D, both of which propose cuts to escalating pension costs for city workers. Observers and activists have said that what San Francisco voters decide will have a ripple effect on other city and county decisions about how to sustain the public sector.

Kay Walker of SEIU 1021 Westside Retirees was a social worker employed by the City of San Francisco for over 20 years before retiring. Today she joined a coalition of city workers and city worker retirees to protest the campaign kickoff to pass Measure C:

Kay Walker: We are all against Measure C and that includes many groups that are quite diverse, including the RECSF Retirees, 4000 in number, and SEIU 1021 West Bay Chapter, and the Gray Panthers, Peace and Freedom, and many other groups because it hits the retirees and the lower paid employees of the City and County the hardest.
KPFA: Measure C changes the composition of the Board empowered to decide what health benefits city workers and retirees will and will not receive, and Walker says that this is a pernicious proposal.

Kay Walker
Kay Walker: That's correct. This affects everyone that either works for the City right now or is retired. The governance right now is member friendly; the Board is composed of elected members from both groups, and this changes it to favor the City, so they can make all the decisions. We've gone to many meetings over the past years; those decisions usually raise the costs for city workers and retirees, and this will especially hit people that have one dependent, who are retired, and people who are employed that have one or two dependents.

This is unfair; we think the City can balance the budget in other ways, and not use us as low hanging fruit. And that's a quote unquote, for people who have been part of the consensus coalition, so called.

This is not a City family as they state. It is a disaster.

KPFA: Walker said that the protest was high-spirited and well-attended.

Kay Walker: We had retirees, Gray Panthers, city employees, Peace and Freedom Party members, and we kept on going for a long time. The side that was opposed to our position didn't have a real response to what we were doing. I think they were taken by surprise to see so many people out there. Also, we passed out a lot of leaflets. Many were in great detail in a way that was never presented to union members or the public. We did our homework and I wish they'd listen to us.
Many protestors held signs urging NO votes on both Proposition C and Proposition D, a competing pension reform measure. Kay Walker stands in the center, wearing a purple jacket
§Sean Elsbernd Keynote Speaker
by Ann Garrison Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 3:17 PM

Sean Elsbernd who is an anti-union politician is helped write the initiative proposition C which attack SF City workers and retirees. Ed Lee, the SF Chamber of Commerce and Spur are united with top union bureaucrats to support this anti-labor measure

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The entire 11 member Board of Supervisors and the mayor are Democrats, another good reason to never vote Democrat or Republican. Here is the quote from above to remember when you vote Green or Peace & Freedom in every election:
"The Board of Supervisors unanimously supports Proposition C, as does Interium Mayor Ed Lee."

That includes the so-called progressive Avalos.

Vote by mail starts October 11. You can register to vote until 2 weeks before the Nov 8 election day, or October 24, 2011. When you do, be sure to sign up to vote by mail permanently so you never forget to vote. You can also vote at the City Hall Registrar, basement, Van Ness side, every weekday starting October 11 through election day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except election day, which is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct 29-30 and Nov 5-6, from 10-4 p.m., entering on the Grove Street side.

So, we are voting a Bingo No on all the San Francisco ballot propositions for Nov 8, 2011, as bonds are a poor way to finance anything and the money should come from thes state general fund, known as tax the rich progressive income tax (Props A&B), sales taxes are regressive (Prop G), and both Props C and D are anti-labor pension destroying propositions. The rest of the propositions are equally reactionary. The City can and must tax the rich to increase revenue by setting up a Financial District corporate profits tax district, and if possible, tax the income of the rich as we have some 20 billionaires in San Francisco.
Here are the propositions:

We are also voting for Terry Baum, the Green Party candidate for mayor. See

We do not waste time voting for the reactionary sheriff position nor the reactionary "sending poor people to jail" district attorney position.

We hope to hear lots of interviews on KPFA, 94.1 FM on the Morning Mix at 8 a.m. weekdays, Flashpoints at 5 p.m. weekdays and the 6 p.m. evening news with Terry Baum and the No on C and D campaigns as that is why we have community radio.

We are also all voting Peace & Freedom or Green in the 2012 presidential election and for all other offices. If they do not have a candidate for a given office, we will either run for office ourselves or skip that position, but we will all certainly vote on all propositions. The California primary is June 5, 2012.

We expect KPFA to do lots of interviews with Peace & Freedom and Green Party candidates for president, US Senate, Congress, State Assembly and State Senate on the Morning Mix, Flashpoints and the 6 p.m. evening news as they are all up for election in 2012. These campaigns should be at full speed for the primary by March 2012. KPFA is a peace station, community radio, and thus must focus on the peace parties, the basic community of KPFA: Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party.
For Peace & Freedom, see
and for the Green Party, see

by I as there
Monday Sep 26th, 2011 7:45 AM
I was at the event on Saturday and it is clear that Ms. Walker and the other members of her group do not have a good understanding of the facts surrounding these measures. They were handing out bad information and shouting more bad information through their megaphone.

It is also clear that if this was really about saving retirees money and low wage workers money they should be protesting outside of every Jeff Adachi event. But they don't because this is not about fairness but is in fact an internal fight within SEIU and retirees are being used as pawns in that fight.
by kay
Monday Sep 26th, 2011 12:42 PM
You can keep on arguing that I or other people don't understand the facts - which means nothing. Where's the proof? You do not know what we know or don't know. Who knows what leaflets you were reading if any. In addition while you use the name Kay Walker you don't have the courage to even identify yourself.
by KAY
Monday Sep 26th, 2011 1:08 PM
For once and for all, I am not involved in a faction fight in SEIU and Retirees' opposition to both C and D are both political and humanistic in nature. Far from being pawns, retirees are in the forefront of this struggle. SEIU 1021 Retirees are only a part of the struggle against prop C and D. Other groups include: RECCSF (city retirees) Protect Our Benfits, the Gray Panthers and others. The Peace and Freedom Party, the Green Party, the SF Tenant's Union, the Richmond Democratic Club as well as United Public Workers for Action have all endorsed a No on C and D vote and some of these groups are active in this campaign because they understand the issues and are also affected by them, if they are retired from the City and County of SF. Union retirees were kept out of the Public Employee's Council meetings where our benefits were leveraged. Retirees are not interested in being a part of a faction fight in SEIU 1021. Please do not flatter yourself. Retirees' interests are both politically broad and also focused on the fact that both propositions will be very detrimental to those people of low income and those living on fixed incomes. I can see from the previous writer's statement that no consideration or thought has been given to the real plight of retirees or low income workers - just another example of the ME generation's narrow focus which is leading to the demise of the Labor movement and is harming the entire culture. In-fighting indeed. Most of us have given up on SEIU 1021, like we would on a bad marriage - not worth fighting for! I'm sorry for the workers who are stuck in this union.
by No on D!
Tuesday Sep 27th, 2011 8:59 PM
Jeff Adachi
Campaign Headquarters Open House Party
Sep 29 2011 - 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
851 Van Ness
by repost
Wednesday Sep 28th, 2011 1:40 PM
SF Billionaires Attack San Francisco City Workers
SF Billionaires Attack City Workers-28.30 min
On August 11, 2010, over a hundred San Francisco city workers and their
families joined a protest in Pacific Heights at Billionaire Michael Moritz's
fund raiser for San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and his ballot
initiative proposition B.
There are 18 billionaires in San Francisco that mostly reside in Pacific Heights. Michael
Moritz is one of these and he gave $245,000 to get this initiative on the
ballot. This initiative will mean significant wage cuts for thousands of low
paid San Francisco public workers including teachers and retired workers.
A short version of this video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STRhAnUE0lg
Production of Labor Video Project, P.O. Box 720027, San Francico
laborvideo.blip.tv http://www.laborvideo.org
by No on D!
Saturday Oct 1st, 2011 1:47 PM
Noe Valley Farmers' Market (Noe Valley)
Oct 1 2011 - 08:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Marina Voter Outreach and Lit Distribution
Oct 1 2011 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
3735 Buchanan

DogPAC of SF Public Forum
Oct 1 2011 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
290 Dolores

Inner Sunset Farmers' Market (Inner Sunset)
Oct 2 2011 - 09:00 AM to 1:00 PM

CMAC and the Recording Academy's Mayoral Candidate's Forum
Oct 3 2011 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1805 Geary Blvd
by KAY
Tuesday Oct 4th, 2011 5:00 PM
The monthly bulletins from the Gray Panthers and the Retired Employees of the City and County of San Francisco have just come out - both recommending a NO on C and D. Protect Our Benefits along with Richard Rothman, a city retiree, have written columns pointing out how both propositions are bad for workers and retiirees. It is amazing to me that the Chronicle for example, criticizes Adachi because Prop D has the financial backing of a billionaire, Moritz, who is a Democrat by the way, when Prop C is financially backed by another billionaire, Warren Hellman, a Republican. What is not said enough is that both C and D are backed by billionaires for a reason - to keep their tax breaks coming. If you think for one minute that they or the Chamber of Commerce care about the SF tax payers I have some kool aide you can drink! Meanwhile this good billionaire, bad billionaire line the Chronical touts, is about as infantile as it gets. Save San Francisco from self serving billionaires and their lackeys. Vote NO on C and D, don't hand civil service over to Hellman, Moritz, Hume and the neo-liberal mind set which is pushing the 99 percent further into poverty and despair.