Janitor’s union: Campaign for D11 candidate Ahsha Safai or pay $150
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
If you’re a San Francisco janitor in SEIU Local 87, you may soon face a choice: Pay the union $150, or campaign for Ahsha Safai, candidate for District 11 supervisor.
Whether you consider that to be extortion of already overburdened workers, or a fair way of ensuring union participation, depends on who you are.
On Guard obtained the Aug. 18 meeting minutes of Local 87, which represents more than 4,000 private sector custodial workers. Its president, Olga Miranda, has also stumped heavily for Safai.
His candidacy comes at a crucial time, when five seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for grabs. Any two of them going to the moderates could tip the balance of power on the board back toward Mayor Ed Lee’s allies… (more)