Some of the San Francisco court’s lowest-paid workers have rejected an offer by management for a 5-percent pay cut, in the latest fight over dwindling resources statewide.
Clerical workers and court clerks represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, last week voted 126 to 68 against the proposal, which also would have raised the court’s contribution to employee healthcare costs.
Court officials said the proposal was intended to prevent further layoffs, and that the wage cuts were agreed to by every other represented employee of the court. Nearly 70 court employees lost their jobs last October after budget cuts.
“This is the best deal the court could offer during these prolonged times of austerity and budget cuts,” said J.M. Muñoz, a negotiator for the court.
The union said there was no guarantee the increased healthcare contribution by the court would cover future insurance increases. It offered a combination of pay cuts and furlough days.
“Management’s position was ‘Our way or the highway,’” the union said.
Both sides said they will continue to negotiate.