Newsom orders layoffs for 15,000 S.F. workers but plans to hire back most on part-time basis

Action is part of ongoing effort to trim city's $522-million budget deficit

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom cut the workweek for 15,000 full-time city employees to 37.5 hours Friday as a cost-cutting measure.

The mayor's office also clarified that approximately 15,000 of the city's 26,000 workers were to start receiving layoff notices Friday and over the weekend, and not 20,000 as it said earlier.

Newsom said the plan will save the city $50 million from its general fund, and $100 million from the entire city budget.

The city has an estimated budget deficit of $522 million for the coming fiscal year.

"This is a very defensible thing, in a very difficult time," Newsom insisted.

Newsom said the layoff notices are a "technical" measure, and that the "overwhelming majority" of the noticed workers will be rehired immediately, should they so choose, but at a part-time status, working a half-hour less each day. That would amount to an approximately 6.25-percent pay cut, he said.

"This is a way of ... substantially maintaining our city services," Newsom said. He said it will save "arguably thousands of jobs," though future additional layoffs will still be necessary, he added.

"We are offering what we believe is a very pro-labor ... at least a pro-job alternative," Newsom said. He maintained that ongoing discussions with labor groups have not resulted in "any better ideas."

Positions that "clearly generate revenue" are being spared layoff notices, Newsom said, but the plan "will impact every city department."

Additionally, Newsom said he's been asking for similar 6.25-percent concessions from other city departments, such as police, who can't be asked for these layoffs because of the charter.

Newsom fended off union contentions that he doesn't have the authority to issue these layoffs.

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Posted by drew
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 8, 2010 at 5:58 am

The average worker gets squeezed as the pensioners are pleased.

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Posted by taxed to death
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I think it's a great idea, it needs to be extended to the retirees on their fat pensions with fully paid medical benefits. Pleasanton should do it as well, just declare bankruptcy (which is not far off with the current idiots spending more than we take in) and start over with all new contracts. It would work for the school district as well. Employees don't want to take a reasonable pay cut, then take a 100% cut and maybe get hired back. Or maybe not.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Newsom is the same guy that had a SECRET sexual relationship with a friend's wife. He is one big nasty liar. You've got to be nuts to believe that if you get laid off, that you're going to be rehired.

If you are rehired, it will be about 2-3 years later!

Anybody that betrays one of his best friends CANNOT BE TRUSTED!

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