How the Imposed MUNI Contract Would Hurt Drivers And the Public

Collective Bargaining:  According to Prop G, if drivers reject a contract, it goes to binding arbitration.

  • Proposition G specifies the arbitrator must consider the good of the system but says nothing about the good of the drivers or the public.    For example, MUNI drivers rejected the recent contract by a 2-1 vote, yet within days the Arbitrator imposed the very same contract on the drivers.  This is negotiating with a gun at your back.
  • Prop G is San Francisco’s version of Wisconsin, effectively eliminating collective bargaining.  Prop G was paid for by the same business interests that cause MUNI’s ongoing financial crisis by avoiding paying taxes or fees to support MUNI operations.


Part Timers: 7.5% of MUNI’s 2,200 full-time drivers can be replaced with part-time drivers.

  • This would give MUNI the flexibility to cut 3,300 driving hours each week in mid-day, night, and weekend runs, while still supplying downtown business’s demand for peak-hour downtown corridor service. 80% of MUNI operations already serve downtown business’ interests, bringing in customers and workers.
  • The loss of mid-day, night and weekend service would affect seniors, people with disabilities, school kids, and low-wage service workers.  Many are minority and immigrant.   Seniors, people with disabilities, and kids need this service to shop, go to doctor appointments, go to senior centers, and visit family and friends.  Workers in hotels and restaurants typically start or end work early in the morning or late in the evening.  They cannot afford taxis.

Health and Safety:

  • Drivers would have no more say in how MUNI runs on health and safety issues.  Drivers would loose their right to protest overly stressful schedules on health and safety grounds, a right they had for 40 years.   This is in spite of years of world-recognized research by SF General doctors showing stress causes high blood pressure in MUNI drivers. Drivers could also no longer protest use of unsafe equipment.  This puts the public, especially seniors, in danger, particularly in cases of unreliable or grabby brakes, or malfunctioning chair lifts or fatigued drivers.  MUNI is trying to fire drivers who complain about unsafe equipment, showing MUNI’s determination to continue using it.
  • Drivers would no longer have input into investigation of accidents. Instead of fixing unsafe schedules or equipment, MUNI can just blame the driver, and go on as before.  The decision of the management-appointed “Transit Safety Professional” cannot be appealed or reviewed, and drivers can be fired after a second accident judged preventable.
  • Drivers could no longer take health or safety issues to an outside arbitrator.

Make Downtown Business Pay:

Despite MUNI’s decades-long financial crisis, downtown businesses pays nothing to MUNI for having their customers and workers brought to them.

  • They pay no annual tax or fee to help support MUNI.
  • Newly constructed commercial buildings are supposed to be charged a one-time Transit Impact Development Fee, but this fee is limited to downtown buildings, the fee has not been raised in years, it applies only to certain kinds of buildings, and there a frequent waivers.

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