muni_driver.jpgOh, Muni! First you asked people to text you vandalism reports on a line that didn’t take texts, then your “Entry-Level Training Program” didn’t actually manage to train people, and now we find out that nearly 3% of your staff of operators isn’t even licensed to drive your buses and trains?

No joke! According to the Examiner, 52 of Muni’s 2,114 operators don’t have a valid license to drive a Muni vehicle.

Most of the drivers lost their license after flunking medical exams for things like blood pressure issues, while others are uncredentialed due to, the SF MTA told the Ex, DUIs and failure to renew on time.

The licenseless operators are reportedly not getting paid a salary (just benefits), but as they’re still employees, the agency says they cannot hire replacements to fill their roles.

“That leaves Muni dozens of operators short before any scheduled vacations, sick calls or unexplained absences” says the Ex.

While representatives from the Muni drivers union responded to neither the Examiner’s nor to the Appeal’s requests for comment, a rep who spoke to KRON4 broadcast news this morning asserted that this story was an attempt by SF MTA management to further undercut the union’s standing with the public.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    You’re going to see a series of these kinds of weird things rolled out on a regular basis now, up until the negotiations begin.

    These are EXACTLY the kinds of weird work rules that Muni has never been able to clean out over the last 90+ years as they build up like plaque in your arteries. Now that G has passed, these are now all up for discussion.

    Playtime is over. The free ride for people who getting big benefits to do nothing is over. We can’t afford it anymore, and it’s time for everyone to get on board. and don’t just blame operators – look at how SEIU ensured the wasting of stimulus dollars shutting down a training program. Way to go, guys.

  • Greg Dewar

    You’re going to see a series of these kinds of weird things rolled out on a regular basis now, up until the negotiations begin.

    These are EXACTLY the kinds of weird work rules that Muni has never been able to clean out over the last 90+ years as they build up like plaque in your arteries. Now that G has passed, these are now all up for discussion.

    Playtime is over. The free ride for people who getting big benefits to do nothing is over. We can’t afford it anymore, and it’s time for everyone to get on board. and don’t just blame operators – look at how SEIU ensured the wasting of stimulus dollars shutting down a training program. Way to go, guys.

  • James

    why are they only telling us bits and pieces to force the drivers the negotiation tables.
    I am a property owner and since I am paying there contract I would like to see ALL
    of the details of their contract out in the open for everyone to see and comment on.
    By only releasing bits and pieces we ( the tax payers) will never get to see the entire
    picture.

  • James

    why are they only telling us bits and pieces to force the drivers the negotiation tables.
    I am a property owner and since I am paying there contract I would like to see ALL
    of the details of their contract out in the open for everyone to see and comment on.
    By only releasing bits and pieces we ( the tax payers) will never get to see the entire
    picture.

  • areallyniceguy

    “Just benefits”? Those benefits are very expensive to provide and are done so at the taxpayers’ expense.

  • areallyniceguy

    “Just benefits”? Those benefits are very expensive to provide and are done so at the taxpayers’ expense.