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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Muni "Sickout" Day 2: Union Officially Rejects Labor Deal

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 6:49 AM

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As expected, the alleged Muni "sickout" is continuing today, where some 200 workers have called in "sick" causing massive citywide transit delays for the second day.

And as expected, Transport Workers Union Local 250-A overwhelmingly rejected the labor contract before them. A vote was taken Friday, but a final tally was not complete until this morning.

Members voted 1,198 to 47 to reject the labor contract which called for increasing wages by 11.2 percent and in exchange forcing workers to pay 7.5 percent into their pensions -- a cost the SFMTA is currently covering, according to Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni.

Union reps say that all through the bargaining process, SFMTA managers assured workers that if any pension cost shifts away from the city to workers, those expenses would be offset with appropriate wage increases. After doing their own math, the union concluded that the plan before them Friday would result in a cut to their take-home pay.

"This is a great city, but a very difficult place to operate a bus, streetcar or cable car," TWU 250-A President Eric Williams says. "This also is a very expensive city and while SFMTA's ridership and revenues are on rising, the agency seeks to cut wages and benefits and convert full-time positions to part time."

TWU 250-A says it offered to return to the bargaining table -- but that offer has been rejected.

Meanwhile, commuters are stuck waiting ... in hour-long lines for buses to shuttle them to-and-from work. This morning, Muni officials apologized again and released an updated version of route closures and service reductions for the morning commute:

Muni Service

  • All routes and lines are still experiencing missed and delayed service. Even with 100 additional vehicles on the street today, expect significant delays. Commuters should expect crowding and waits of up to 60 minutes. Some routes may be turned back mid route to help cope with over crowding. Look for updates via NextBus, on vehicles, or in Metro stations.

  • All Muni Metro rail lines (J Church, K Ingleside, L Taraval, M Ocean View, N Judah, T Third) will operate on their regular routes and continue to operate with two-car trains to maximize capacity.

Muni Bus Service

  • No limited-stop service (affects the 5L, 9L, 14L, 28L, 38L).

  • The following routes will not operate: 1AX/BX, 31AX/BX, 38AX/BX,16X, 88, 3 Jackson. The majority of stops on this route are covered by the 2 Clement.

  • The 8AX Bayshore Express and 8BX will operate without changes.

  • The cable cars are not in service and will be covered by limited bus shuttle service.

  • The F Market Line will continue to operate between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building. For service along Market Street, please use Muni Metro.

Also, BART is accepting customers with a valid Muni proof of payment between Daly City and Embarcadero stations. Otherwise, feel free to consider other ways of getting to-and-fro: biking,walking, BART, Taxi, Pogo sticks.

You can always track this chaos in real-time with Muni updates during the week, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., via Twitter or sign up for e-mail or text alerts.

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