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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Muni Union Seeks Injunction Against Restoring Service Cuts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM

click to enlarge The Muni drivers' union's attempts at PR have been ... a train wreck
  • The Muni drivers' union's attempts at PR have been ... a train wreck
An internal Transportation Workers Union document obtained by SF Weekly contributor Greg Dewar reveals that the union will be seeking injunctive relief against Muni's plan to partially undo May's service cuts this Saturday.

You can read that document here: Muni fax.pdf

Union leadership claims Muni failed to "meet and confer" in good faith, and is greasing the skids for a legal case. This comes after the union membership's rank-and-file spurned union bosses' idea of boycotting the sign-up process in which drivers pick their runs. So, yes, the union that, in part, brought about Muni's 10-percent service cuts because of its repeated refusals to agree to wage givebacks is now fighting to derail even partial service restorations funded without a cent of union concessions.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's "Fix Muni Now" campaign, meanwhile, held the grand opening for its headquarters in late August. But with opponents like the Muni drivers' union, it remains uncertain what need there is to actively campaign for the measure (which would force drivers into collective bargaining and remove the prospect of guaranteed raises from the city charter).

In this contest, the TWU has proven, time and again, to be the Washington Generals of unions.

Public relations-wise, it remains to be seen what the union could do worse: Go on record as the only city union to not make concessions? Check. Take home a raise right as other unions shed pay? Check. Repeatedly stand up for the very worst drivers on the city payroll? Check. Actively fight against restoring Muni service riders depend upon? You get the picture. Right now, the TWU has whatever you'd call the opposite of the Midas Touch.

With labor preoccupied by the specter of pension reform from Jeff Adachi's "SF Smart Reform" Proposition B -- and the local Democratic party taking no position on "Fix Muni Now" Prop. G -- it's hard to see where the money and effort will come from to stave off  Elsbernd's measure.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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