In reality, however, there are no repercussions awaiting Muni, just as no repercussions befell its overtime-fueled mechanics. In no versions of the city's overtime law has there been a provision establishing any penalties for failing to comply. An overtime law that isn't meant to reduce overtime also has no recourse to punish those who violate it.

Certainly individual workers won't feel the pinch. Per the Fair Labor Standards Act, even unauthorized work must be compensated. Non-Muni managers who dole out overtime too narrowly can look forward to unpleasant phone calls from the Department of Human Resources. But that's about as bad as it gets. Departments unresponsive to normal human emotions (such as shame) and with no compunctions about allowing representatives to be browbeaten before a Board of Supervisors committee can follow the rules as they see fit. "There don't appear to be any repercussions to hold us to our budget realities," says Supervisor David Chiu of his own law (he sponsored the 2011 version).

The checks will keep coming as regularly as cold weather and complaints. While the overtime law may not be working, there's always someone working the overtime law.

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The transit agency has gone rogue period. Overtime pay is the tip of the iceberg. The whole department is out of control and everyone knows it. The voters are ready to throw the SFMTA under the bus.
This week the Examiner reported SFMTA officials admit they can't meet the demand for public transit and their solution is to convince us to walk or ride a bike. They weren't hired to conduct studies, paint bike lanes and conduct a war on cars by eliminating parking spaces. They were hired to run a Municipal transit system that works for those who need and depend on it. If they can't do that, they should do us all a favor and resign.

 
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