Supes to vet Newsom’s reduction in work week proposal 

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee plans to hold a hearing next Wednesday on Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to lay off and then rehire more than 10,000 city workers as a cost-saving measure.

By the sound of comments made during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, and reaction from labor union leaders, the hearing is not going to result in a ringing endorsement of the plan.

On Tuesday, Supervisors Chris Daly and John Avalos both commented on the proposal.

“Likely [the layoffs and rehiring] will be politically tinged as everything that happens in this building is, which is unfortunate. It’s likely that they will disproportionately impact lower-wage workers, workers who are women,” Daly said. “That’s just, I guess, the nature of this beast.”

Avalos questioned the rationale of the proposal. He suggested that it would make more sense for higher-paid city employees to give up more than lower-paid workers.

“While I know that all of us have to give back, I think a set amount of 2½ hours every week for the lowest- and the highest-income workers is not something that is equitable,” Avalos said. “I think we can do better to ensure the people who are making more could give up more so that people who are making less who are struggling to live in The City and the Bay Area could live a little bit easier."

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