Unions are essential. Without them, the inequality plaguing our society and City would be significantly worse. Unions have been weakened by unrelenting attacks by the GOP and their corporate benefactors and institutions. Collective bargaining and the meet and confer right are sacred.

This week, when I announced legislation to add transparency to the collective bargaining and meet and confer process when the City negotiates with the Police Officers Association, I worried that corporate-friendly entities like the Chronicle Editorial Board would pounce on the legislation to attack unions writ large. Sure enough, like clockwork, that is exactly what came to pass.

Hillary Ronen

San Francisco Supervisor, District 9

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