Mayor extends moratorium to hire and fire plan until March 26 

Citing progress in discussion with various labor groups, Mayor Gavin Newsom has elected to extend the moratorium on his controversial firing-and-hiring plan for another week.

Newsom’s plan, which he said will save $100 million, includes hiring back the majority of the workers at 37.5 hours a week, a caveat that has drawn the ire of many labor groups. Following the reaction from union groups, Newsom announced on Monday that he would put a moratorium on the plan, with the hope that some positive developments would come from the labor discussions.

“Because we’ve been having positive discussions with labor leaders toward trying to balance a budget that protects services and jobs, the Mayor has elected to extend the moratorium until at least March 26,” said Tony Winnicker, the mayor’s spokesman.

While Winnicker acknowledged that the labor groups have brought forth some noteworthy proposals, the 37.5 hour a week plan still remains on the table.

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