I am one of more than 4,000 professionals who appreciates and loves working for San Francisco. We have demonstrated our dedication in the past by our willingness to forgo raises, accept furlough days, and pay more for our pension benefits. Recently, we have watched as you have shared in many public forums, your joy and optimism over our improving economy. We believe the time has come for your administration to demonstrate that you value your professional work force. Please stand behind your words and instruct your negotiators to withdraw your concessionary demands and agree to a cost of living salary increase, so that we do not fall even further behind, economically. The time has come to move forward.