Muni Resumes Regular Service After Three Day Worker Sickout, SFMTA To Seek Damages From Union Over Stoppage

San Francisco Municipal Railway buses, light-rail vehicles and cable cars are resuming regular service today following a three-day worker “sickout” apparently resulting from an ongoing contract dispute.

About 90 percent of Muni’s fleet is in service today, agency officials said this morning. Only about a third of the fleet was operating on Monday and about half on Tuesday.

Related: SF City Attorney: Muni Driver Sickout Is Illegal

The cable cars, a popular tourist attraction, were not in service all week but are operating again today, Muni officials said.
Riders have faced long delays and crowded buses since a large number of Muni workers called in sick on Monday and again on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, the Muni employees’ union, denied organizing the sickout. A 2010 ballot measure passed by San Francisco voters bans Muni worker strikes.

Last week, the union overwhelmingly rejected the most recent contract proposal from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

TWU Local 250-A officials said the proposal included a pay hike but also required workers to contribute to their pensions and would result in a net loss in their take-home pay.

The two sides will now go into arbitration, with the next meeting scheduled for Saturday, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

SFMTA officials have said they will not pay the transit workers for sick time unless they provide a doctor’s note. TWU Local 250-A president Eric Williams said the agency also intends to seek damages from the union because of the work stoppage.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Sooneridver

    Resuming regular service… about 90% of the fleet is in service…? Are you saying the “regular service” is only 90% of the fleet? What in the devil would you do if you got 100% of the fleet on the roads… declare a holiday or give the union bosses a 10% pay raise? Disgusting!

  • sfparkripoff

    Dear Mayor Ed Lee and SF Board of Supervisors,

    Congratulations! You have made the ENTIRE city dependent on a public transit system that that DOESN’T WORK! Let me repeat that for the hundreds of thousands of people who waited for buses and trains that NEVER CAME THIS WEEK! San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, The Board of Supervisors, and the SFMTA have made the ENTIRE city dependent on a public transit system that that DOESN’T WORK!

    How many times have you all used “transit first” as an excuse to disrupt
    our lives and empty our wallets? Will all of the money you are
    collecting the LEAST YOU COULD DO is to keep our transit system running.

    Exactly how much money MORE money does the city need?

    1.City Hall is already bringing in $247,349,190 A YEAR from parking
    tickets, traffic tickets, red light cameras, gas taxes, vehicle license
    fees, parking meters, and the many city-owned parking lots.

    2. Add $84 million a year in sales taxes that the SFCTA rakes in to maintain city streets.

    3.In 2003 Proposition K generated roughly 2.5 BILLION “20 programs such
    as street resurfacing, signs and signals, traffic calming, and transit
    enhancements.

    4. IN 2007 – Proposition A, another ballot measure generated ANOTHER $31 million in revenue.

    5. In 2011 Proposition B the Road Repaving
    &Street Safety Bond generated another $248 million for Pedestrian,
    bicycle, & transit projects

    And now now the city comes CRAWLING BACK TO TAXPAYERS with their hands out to try and pass ANOTHER $1.5 billion in taxes fees and bonds?

    MUNI doesn’t have a money problem. SFMTA has a spending problem. They also
    live in a time warp. They are planning for 2030 and we are living in 2014. When things are mess now, why should we trust them to fix the future?