SEIU finds creative way to demand for pay raises
By Aldrich M. Tan
April 12, 2006
Members of Service Employees International Union Locals 790,
535 and SEIU United Health Care Workers had an unexpected present
for the Board of Supervisors yesterday: buckets of colorful plastic
Easter eggs containing slips of paper demanding for pay raises.
The union is requesting that the Board of Supervisors consider
allocating a percentage of the budget surplus to the incomes of
underpaid local service workers in the city, said Lawanna Preston,
chief negotiator for SEIU Local 790.
The union collected over 2,000 messages from its members, Preston
"Each of these people represent thousands who come to work
everyday, do their jobs and just go home," she said. "Please
respect us for the contributions we have made to the city."
Dominic Garnett, parking control officer, said that the union
is only asking for a reasonable wage for the services its members
provide to the city.
"Parking officers have made $84.9 mil. for the city in parking
citations but we also deal with ten times more animosity than
those working in other districts," reported Garnett.
Emergency service salaries can be as low as $45,000 to $50,000
annually, said Ron Davis, a dispatcher for the local and county
"We are losing bodies to other communities who need our
services less than this city but pay more for it," Davis