Designating October 9 as Messenger Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, Messengers are a common sight on the downtown streets of San Francisco: more than 350 bicycle messengers work for over 30 companies that engage in the same day urgent delivery business which keeps the wheels of commerce moving smoothly and efficiently; and

WHEREAS, These same messenger companies employ thousands of additional employees who deliver packages on foot or by truck, car or motorcycle; and

WHEREAS, These employees are an integral part of the City's business machinery and they risk life and limb every day so that the City can function; and

WHEREAS, Many of these workers work long hours of low wages and minimal benefits; and

WHEREAS, The City and County of San Francisco believes that all its workers should receive a living wage, good benefits and healthy and safe working environment; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco expresses its appreciation to the messenger community for the vital contributions that they make to the business and commerce of our great City and wishes to remember the messenger workers who have died in the course of carrying out their vital duties by designating October 9, 1998 as Messenger Appreciation Day.

-SUPERVISOR AMMIANO

 

^ "Mercury Rampaging" by America, 1996,
courtesy of Damon Votour

 

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