SF court workers authorize strike


San Francisco court workers voted Monday evening to authorize a strike due to unfavorable negotiations over their contracts with court management.

Service Employees International Union Local 1021 members had from Wednesday to today to cast their ballots, which resulted in a 91.3 percent vote announced this evening in favor for a strike, union organizer Steve Stallone said.

There has been no date set for the strike but it can happen at any time, Stallone said.

Dozens of court workers held a rally at the city’s Civic Center Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon aimed at Michael Yuen, court executive officer for the San Francisco Superior Court.

Yuen manages 550 employees, oversees a $95 million budget and implements policies and procedures at the court, according to the Superior Court website.

Court workers are asking for a 3 to 3.5 percent increase in wages but court management has not offered a proposed wage in response, Stallone said.

In 2012, The City’s¬†justice system came to a halt when court workers went on strike after court management announced a 5 percent decrease in wages.

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