The case against C and D

Public employee union members want to halt the assault on their jobs and benefits


By Brenda Barros, Riva Enteen, Joe Jacskon, Renee Saucedo, Dave Welsh, David H. Williams and Claire Zvanski

OPINION The Guardian started out right on Proposition C and D:

"Our initial instinct was to oppose both of these measures... There's a basic unfairness about all of this that bothers us ... city workers are being asked to give up part of their pay — but the wealthiest individuals and big corporations in San Francisco are giving up nothing. It's part of the national trend — the poor and middle class are shouldering the entire burden of the economic crisis, and the rich aren't suffering a bit."

It's too bad that the Guardian editors didn't stick to their guns.

We all know why decent pensions and health care cost so much: corporate greed. And the identity of the corporate criminals who are driving the economy into the ground is no secret. It's the Wall Street banks and financial speculators. It's Bank of America and Wells Fargo. It's the corporate CEOs. It's the insurance companies.

All workers, whether they work for the city or not, have a right to affordable medical care and a decent retirement.

Take Ethel, who retired 10 years ago after working for the city for more than 20 years and collects a pension of only $17,000 a year. Both Prop C and Prop D would take money out of her check. Some city workers qualify for section 8 housing — Prop C and D would take money out of their paychecks too.

None of this is rocket science. But the corporate media pounds away daily at public employees and ignores the shenanigans of their buddies in the corporate boardrooms. And far too many fall for this bait and switch, or are just too confused to stand up and fight back.

Now, with Propositions C and D, the downtown bigwigs and their lapdog politicians are taking advantage of this confusion to sock it to the victims, and make workers pay for the party the rich have been having at our expense.

Unfortunately, there are those among us who think we should concede many of our hard-fought rights in order to appear reasonable and fend off future attacks.

Making these kinds of concessions is like putting a little blood in the water, and hoping that the corporate sharks will be satisfied. But the reality is that when sharks taste blood, they just get hungry for more.

The editors of the San Francisco Chronicle, the mouthpiece for Wall Street and its minions, said pretty much the same thing in a recent editorial:

"San Franciscans should have no illusions," wrote the Chronicle editors. "Props C and D offer only modest down payments on the reforms [sic] that must be pursued... The very fact that business and labor leaders are supporting Prop C... sets the stage for... further reforms [sic] that will almost certainly be needed..."

Of course the "reforms" that the Chronicle is demanding are just more attacks on workers' rights. That's why many political leaders, including former Supervisor Chris Daly and Ted Gullicksen of the Tenants Union -- opposed both Propositions C and D.

Enough is enough. Let's take heart from the Occupy Wall Street movement. After decades of Reaganomics, Bushonomics, and Democratonomics, it is high time to draw the line, stand up to Wall Street, and fight back.

Join former Supervisor Chris Daly and Tenant's Union leader Ted Gullicksen, and: Vote NO on C! Vote NO on D! Tax the Rich! 

Brenda Barros is vice-chair, Social Economic Committee, SEIU 1021. Riva Enteen is a member of SEIU 1021. Joe Jackson is co-chair of the S.F. African American Employee Association. Renee Saucedo is a member of SEIU 1021. Dave Welsh is a delegate to the S.F. Labor Council. David H. Williams and Claire Zvanski are retiree members of SEIU 1021.


He knows we can't afford anything else.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 27, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

but another "first step" from our politicos! We seem to get a lot of first steps...

Posted by Guest on Oct. 27, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

Jerry Brown is one of the only adults in the room among the political class.

Politicians have been ignoring the seething pension debacle for decades...on the assumption that the shit won't hit the fan until they are well out of office and moved to the next step up the ladder.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 27, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

At the end of the day, Jerry Brown's gone all palsy-walsy with the billionaires, too!!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 27, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

What? Jerry wants to raise the retirement age of state employees (now 55) to 66?

The outrage!!!

The "city family" is next.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 7:18 am

Adachi should have been tarred and feathered for daring to show is face at OccupySF after palling around with San Francisco's 1% and attacking working San Franciscans.

Vote NO on C and D, and NO on everything else but A, pay forward on education.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 7:37 am

"attacking workers"....BLAH BLAH BLAH

How dare Supervisors Mar, Kim, Avalos, and Chiu show up to Occupy when supporting Prop C and palling around with billionaire 1%er and republican funder Warren Helman??! I guess you have selective venom.

And while you're at it - send an email to Jerry Brown and tell him to stop "attacking workers."

Will your boring pablum ever stop...?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 8:49 am

Kim is likewise doing her best to provide tax breaks to IPO bonanzas that starve the public sector and has done little in her short time in office that is in sync with Occupy. As Tom Ammiano used to say, Jane wants to be walking down both sides of the street.

Chiu has no discernible values to speak of other than his ambition.

Avalos and Mar have long histories of working with communities in other-centered activism, both were reluctant candidates. I disagree with them on Prop C, but they did not rush headlong into the embrace of the 1%, rather reacted, inappropriately to my mind, to events led by Tea Partiers Adachi and Moritz.

I've supported Avalos and Mar and continue to support them, but they're wrong on Prop C and the sales tax increase.

NO on C, NO on D!

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 9:07 am

No On G! Stop taxing the poor to pay for CIty employee largess. And NO on B!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 9:37 am

Ed Lee's political corruption costs SF more. But since that benefits Hellman and Moritz alike, that is not a topic for polite conversation.

Now back to our normal program of right wing trolls bashing working people while the 1% fleece the City.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 10:10 am

he's a Public Defender for Christ's sake! and the spirit behind his Prop D is so that an additional $400M isn't sucked out of the budget so that the City can still provide the services the community is accustomed to. Yes, very tea party-ish of him.

so knee-jerk. so silly

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 10:13 am

the public, while attacking it at the same time?

Adachi -was- a public defender.

Now he is a public menace.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 10:24 am

Adachi was already booted once at the firemen's funeral last summer.

"Safety workers" are upset because Adachi wants to cap their pension payments at $140,000 per year.

That's at attack on the working class! Nobody can survive on $140,000 a year!!

Why are Adachi and Jerry Brown standing proudly with the billionaires????

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 9:00 am

Geez Adachi- that's outrageous...for a pension, are you kidding me? And only automatic COLAs? Our selfless heroes can't survive on that. Stop the attack!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 9:41 am

He'll attack you too if you hire him,

Really. Like Eric Brooks and Greg X he actually doesn't really care about politics. It's just a handy funnel for his sadism and lies and slander. If he applies to you for a job as a software engineer be advised that he will soon begin to do the same thing to you and your staff. Using anonymous posts.

Adachi was, in fact, the only elected official who had a right to be at Occupy SF because he is, in fact, likely to represent most of them. The rest of the electeds are the hypocrites for voting for breaks for billionaire tech companies like Twitter at their day jobs and then getting all revolutionary after the bars close.

It's OK to use your name isn't it Marc? You use mine when you tell lies about me and everything I've said about you is true.

If you can hurt my job hunting prospects then turnabout is fair play, no?

Happy job hunting!

Adachi for Mayor!


Posted by h. brown on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 10:14 am

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Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

I am reminded that yesterday, Oct 27th, marked the anniversary of the day in 1985 when Steve Russell and Bert Franks chained themselves to the Federal Building, starting the ARC-AIDS VIGIL that occupied UN PLAZA, 24x7, for almost TEN YEARS, setting up tents, sleeping in a public space, setting up a kitchen, preparing and serving food and many other grievous 'violations' that threatened public 'health and safety'....sound familiar.
Those were the days my friends.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Oct. 28, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

Here we are one year later....and pension costs have increased by another $30 million....

....and therefore city services will have to be cut by $30 million. We need REAL pension reform

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

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