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Pressure Builds to Resume Muni Service

Scott Lucas | June 4, 2014 | Story Politics

Just a day after the all-but-striking Muni workers were targeted by a non-binding Board of Supervisors resolution demanding they return to work, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed an action with California's Public Employees Relations Board against the workers' union, Local 250-A.

If upheld, the action would require the union to return its workers to duty and to go into neutral arbitration to resolve its ongoing contract dispute. "This is an unfortunate attempt by the union to get around a law and contract provisions that they don't like," said Herrera in a statement today, referring to city law and to contract provision that prevent Muni workers from going on strike. (That's unlike BART workers, which as happened last summer, are allowed legally to strike.)

The action, which could take months or a year for the board to hear, is unlikely to result in an immediate resumption. But it's yet another venue in which city elected officials are putting pressure onto the union to end the sick and to go into contract arbitration, which could begin as early as Saturday.

Although the number have improved since Monday and Tuesday, today almost one-third of Muni vehicles were out of service, as well as cable car operations canceled. Union leaders have denied organizing the sick out.

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