munipiece2.jpgSup. Elsbernd Brainchild Would Change Muni Drivers’ Compensation

At least one petition drive this election season was successful in collecting enough John Hancocks to put a ballot measure before voters: Fix Muni Now, the brainchild of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd that would end the practice of paying Muni drivers the second-highest salary in the nation, will be on the November ballot, the Department of Elections announced on Monday.

“We’re official,” Elsbernd told The Appeal.

Fix Muni Now submitted a total of 74,993 signatures to the Department of Elections for validation. The Department didn’t check them all, but based on “a random sample” of 2,248 signatures, Director of Elections John Arntz deemed that well over the necessary 44,382 are valid, Arntz wrote in a letter Monday.

So there you have it: “Setting Transit Operator Wages Through Collective Bargaining” will have a title and will be on your municipal ballot on November 2. Enjoy.

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  • Greg Dewar

    There is nothing in the Fix Muni Now charter amendment that has anything to do with the actual setting of wages and benefits. Nothing at all.

    The only change made is to have said contracts negotiated through collective bargaining. That is all the amendment does. It will indirectly address work rules through said process.

  • Greg Dewar

    There is nothing in the Fix Muni Now charter amendment that has anything to do with the actual setting of wages and benefits. Nothing at all.

    The only change made is to have said contracts negotiated through collective bargaining. That is all the amendment does. It will indirectly address work rules through said process.

  • Chris Roberts

    Hey Greg, thanks as always for reading. The charter amendment does specifically remove the salary survey and the guaranteed second-in-the-nation pay for transit operators. Check page two of the PDF; there’s plenty of crossed-out language.

    http://fixmuninow.com/images/Muni%20Petition%20final.pdf

  • Chris Roberts

    Hey Greg, thanks as always for reading. The charter amendment does specifically remove the salary survey and the guaranteed second-in-the-nation pay for transit operators. Check page two of the PDF; there’s plenty of crossed-out language.

    http://fixmuninow.com/images/Muni%20Petition%20final.pdf

  • Greg Dewar

    True, but taking that out alone doesn’t necessarily mean that salaries will go down. They could just as easily go up, for example as a reward for good drivers.

  • Greg Dewar

    True, but taking that out alone doesn’t necessarily mean that salaries will go down. They could just as easily go up, for example as a reward for good drivers.