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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Muni Sickout: Drivers Who Worked Monday Getting Extra Pay

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

click to enlarge Muni money!
  • Muni money!

On Monday, 720 Muni drivers came down with a collective case of the sniffles, rendering a crosstown San Francisco journey a Cairo-like affair.

Workers who participated in this "sickout" may be out a bit more -- a day's pay. But, SF Weekly has learned, those who didn't call in sick will receive a gift from Muni management: extra pay.

"With over half the service missing today, those employees who came to work bore the brunt of missed runs, overcrowded vehicles, and disgruntled passengers," reads a memo from Muni transit director John Haley. "In light of exceptional circumstances you faced today, operators who did come to work will be receiving 12-hour run pay. I hope this is some compensation for the difficult circumstances you faced."

See below for the full memo:  

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Sources tell SF Weekly to expect roughly similar numbers of drivers to call in sick on Wednesday as did today. The forecast for Thursday is sunnier -- but, we hear, the drivers who have been actually coming into work during these tumultuous times are wearing out, and may wish to take a little sick time of their own.

In any event, only those who showed up on Monday are due the extra dough. For the rest of us, now we know why "may you live through interesting times" is perceived as a curse.


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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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