LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Sick Leave/Vacation Credit Transfers
City of San Francisco
Majority Vote Required
136,511 / 75.60% Yes votes ...... 43,909 / 24.30% No votes
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Shall City employees be allowed to donate unused sick leave or vacation credits
to a pool for City employees who are catastrophically ill, and to donate vacation
credits to be used by City employees to care for catastrophically ill spouses,
domestic partners, and dependents?
THE PROPOSAL: Proposition D is a Charter amendment that would allow City employees to donate unused sick leave and vacation credits to a pool to be shared by other City employees who are catastrophically ill and have exhausted their own sick leave, vacation allowance, and compensatory time off.
The measure also would authorize the Board of Supervisors to adopt an ordinance allowing City employees to use donated vacation credits (but not sick leave) as family leave to care for catastrophically ill spouses, domestic partners, or dependents.
The amendment has two provisions. The first provision extends the ability to donate vacation time to employees who need time to care for family members. This would not increase costs since vacation time is guaranteed and ultimately paid out in any case.
The second provision allows employees to donate sick leave to a pool for use by other catastrophically ill employees. The current provisions only allow for donations to specific employees. In 1998-99, employees donated about $2.1 million of sick pay credits under the current program. Employees hired after 1976 do not automatically get paid for sick leave when they retire or otherwise leave City service. To the extent this "pool" concept would encourage additional donations, it would increase the City's costs.
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition D||Arguments Against Proposition D|
|Since the passage of Propositions H and I in 1989 which
enabled City employees to transfer unused sick leave time to
co-workers diagnosed with a catastrophic illness (AIDS, cancer,
and organ diseases), hundreds of City employees have participated
in this program and have benefited both by the receiving
and giving of this time.
Proposition D would allow the Board of Supervisors by Ordinance to provide for the transfer of unused sick leave to other employees of the City and County of San Francisco rather than a specific named employee thus creating a pool of time for catastrophically ill persons.
Proposition D would allow the transfer of unused vacation time in the same manner as unused sick pay but would extend the transfer of vacation time to those City employees on family leave to care for catastrophically ill spouse, domestic partners, or other dependents.
Passage of Proposition D will enable those suffering from devastating and life threatening diseases and their families to have time donated by co-workers to meet needs such as medical bills, rent payments, everyday living expenses as they deal with both the emotional and physical struggles associated with their disease.
Board of Supervisors
It is time to protect the taxpayers money. We can't keep giving away the store.
Disability payments are already provided for under State Disability and Social Security.
Vote on Proposition D, it is bad for your pocket book and the City Treasury!
Martin Lee Eng
|It is time to protect the taxpayers money indirectly. We can't
keep giving away the store.
Martin Lee Eng
Current law allows City employees to donate their unused sick leave to catastrophically-ill co-workers, providing City workers who are too sick to work with the means to continue paying rent, medical bills and other expenses.
Due to the wording of current law, sick-leave donations must be made to specified, individual employees. Proposition D will allow the Board to establish a donation pool for City employees who wish to contribute sick leave, but don't happen know other employees who are catastrophically-ill. The donation pool would exist in conjunction with current procedures that allow donations from an employee to another City employee.
Proposition D will also allow the Board to pass legislation enabling City employees to donate their vacation time to City employees with a catastrophically-ill spouse, domestic partner or other dependent. Such a program would allow City employees to care for their family members in times of crisis.
Please vote YES on Proposition D.
Board of Supervisors
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