Mayor signs off on budget, thanks unions for concessions 

It’s a rare moment to see Mayor Gavin Newsom and city supervisors smiling in agreement. And while it took some time to reach this moment, the mayor signed off on San Francisco’s $6.5 billion budget, with city supervisors and budget staff at his side.

He thanked the usual suspects — his Chief of Staff Steve Kawa, budget advisers and city supervisors. But perhaps his biggest thank you went to the public employees unions, who gave up millions of dollars to help close San Francisco’s historic $483 million deficit.

He noted that labor unions have consistently helped San Francisco close budget deficits over the last two years, with givebacks and higher contributions to health care and pensions.

“Labor has been under attack in this state and in this country, they have become a convenient excuse for what I think is a lack of leadership in Sacramento,” Newsom said. “But I wouldn’t be standing here had they not stepped up to the plate.”

Well, almost all labor.

“TWU, you know what I mean,” Newsom said.

Mayor signs off on city budget, thanks unions for concessions

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