Department of Building Inspection workers furloughed, recalled — and soon may be sent home again

By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt

When San Francisco on March 16 issued its sweeping COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, employees at the embattled Department of Building Inspection were soon sent home to do just that.

But after being instructed that they were to be furloughed until April 7, they were subsequently called back, en masse, and reported to work on March 23, as “essential” workers.

Now the city, the department, its several hundred employees, and their unions are working, on the fly, to determine just who is “essential” and who really needs to show up in the office every day — meaning many workers could be soon sent back home again.

Workers here feel like this is a questionable policy – one they say is unique in the Bay Area to San Francisco – that has been enacted poorly…(more)

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