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Union Workers Rally At San Francisco City Hall

Melissa Culross
February 26, 2018 - 6:46 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on a case that could have a profound impact on public employee unions. KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross reports that a rally was held on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Monday, as well, in support of unions and union workers.

Trevor Adams who works for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and is a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) calls his union membership invaluable.

"It's definitely a secure livelihood," Adams says. "Like it does many and families . It gives us sense of security. We are treated fairly because of it. And we have the support when we feel like we're not being treated fairly." 

Union workers rallied at San Francisco City Hall Monday, the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case some say could weaken unions. At issue is whether public employees who don't join unions should be required to pay fees that support non-political activities, such as collective bargaining.

The argument is that collective bargaining is political because public employee unions bargain with the government. SEIU member Theresa Lee says this isn't about politics.

"It's really a fight for fair wages, fair housing, affordable health care, affordable housing and improve city services," Lee says.

Several city officials including Mayor Mark Farrell spoke at the rally.