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March 22, 2010; San Francisco Chronicle | A proposal being floated by city workers negotiating over their pay with San Francisco officials is not going to win many supporters from the nonprofit community.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, labor leaders have suggested that if the wages of city workers are cut, city managers and city contractors, including the hundreds of nonprofits that receive some $490 million in public funds, should agree to equal givebacks. The newspaper reports that union leaders said, “Mayor Gavin Newsom assures them that everything is on the table in the budget talks—but they can’t pin him down on the matching givebacks.”

The proposal is given little chance of success.  One reason, as the paper notes, “Nonprofits don’t pay their workers near the $93,000-a-year average salary of a city worker.”—Bruce Trachtenberg

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