San Francisco Courts Face Major Budget Cuts; Plan to Close Twenty-Five Courtrooms

In late June, the San Francisco Courts announced that they will be closing 25 courtrooms and laying off workers in order to close a $13.75 million budget deficit. Seniority lists have been posted on the Courts’ intranet and workers will begin receiving layoff notices on July 15 for a layoff date of September 15.

Local 21 members began multi-union meetings with the Courts Administration last week to minimize the impact of layoffs to Local 21 members. Local 21 members Malea Chaves, Sonji Walker, Cynthia Jones, Manuel Valenzuela and Brenda Degonia represented the Courts members in this meeting. Local 21’s contract with the Courts has been extended through October 30 and new contract negotiations have been postponed until then.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact you Union Representative, Angela Long or your Chapter President, Malea Chavez.