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San Francisco Supervisors Go Medieval on MUNI Sickout

Scott Lucas | June 3, 2014 | Story Politics

Striking-but-not-really MUNI workers—those blue-collar heroes who are opposing a new contract that would a raise their salaries but force an increase in their pension payments—might be right. They might be wrong. We're not labor contract negotiators. But we can tell you this: They aren't very popular right now.

Need proof? Just ask the Board of Supervisors.

This morning, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced he'd be introducing a non-binding resolution to end what he calls the "illegal sick-out." The language in the press release is stark: "For the second day in a row today, Muni drivers have called in sick en masse, bringing the system to its knees, stranding riders, and undermining the economy. Under San Francisco's charter, strikes are prohibited, and Muni drivers, having rejected management's contract offer, are required to participate in arbitration to resolve the dispute."

Wiener isn't the only local pol up in arms. Just before the Board was set to meet this afternoon, Supervisor Malia Cohen released her own blistering attack on the sick-out workers, positing this note on Facebook: "This illegal sickout by so many Muni drivers affects my constituents in Southeastern neighborhoods more than almost any other part of our City and it must not go on another day. My constituents rely heavily on Muni and do not have the luxury of easily walking to other regional alternatives such as BART. Once again today, thousands of San Franciscans lost time and money—and maybe even their jobs—because too many Muni drivers failed to show up for work. We are all public servants, and must put the public’s interests first. I urge the members of TWU Local #250-A to return to work immediately. I am prepared to support administrative and legislative remedies to get our residents the public transit service they deserve."

Maybe our favorite statement came from Supervisor Mark Farrell, who wrote this on Twitter: "#sfmuni #sickout needs to end. #stopthemadness." Brevity (and hashtags) are the soul of wit, you know.

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