Special pay for San Francisco workers costs millions of dollars 

San Francisco workers took home millions in special pay, according to a new audit released Thursday by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose.

In fiscal year 2009-2010, 4,177 city  were paid $3.3 million in what is known as “leader worker pay,” according to the audit. That type of pay is extra for employees who take on more work, such as who manage a large number of employees or when an employee takes on special duties.

Last fiscal year, $10.2 million was spent on standby pay for workers, of which 41.5 percent was by the Police Department, mostly for when police officers are put on standby for court appearances.

San Francisco also pays a “differential” pay. If a supervisor’s salary is ever less than 5 percent of a subordinate’s, then the supervisor is entitled to a salary bump.

The audit recommends a reduction in entitled lead pay in labor unions, and $936,080 in reduced standby costs by combining or reducing standby assignments.


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