Union hangs endorsement over Newsom’s head for 37.5-hour workweek proposal 

Standing in solidarity with San Francisco city workers, Public Employees Union Local 1 fired off a letter to Mayor Gavin Newsom, hanging an endorsement for lieutenant governor over his head.

The letter clearly states that the union is not supportive of his proposed 37.5-hour workweeks. They urged him to embark on alternatives being discussed and told him that until a satisfactory resolution is reached he would be ineligible for their endorsement.

Although the union represents more than 15,000 city workers outside of San Francisco, local labor leaders were welcoming of the support.

“It’s great other unions see problems with mayor’s original plan. We appreciate Local 1’s letter,” said Bob Muscat, chair of the Public Employees Committee in San Francisco.

But Newsom, who is spending this week trying to hash out a deal with union reps, brushed off the letter, which he hadn’t even read as of this afternoon.

“It’s remarkable that here I am trying to save jobs and try to keep them employed and I’m criticized for that,” Newsom said.

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