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Friday, April 22, 2011

Muni Operators Vote to Authorize Strike -- City Threatens to Sue

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

click to enlarge Negotiations are as spotty as Muni service ...
  • Negotiations are as spotty as Muni service ...

It wouldn't feel right at this point if negotiations between Muni and its operators went smoothly. And it appears even the drivers are prepping for the worst -- the union has voted in favor of a strike should negotiations break down.

A preliminary vote like this seems to be the first indication that negotiations are indeed breaking down. Local 250-A, which represents Muni operators, had began voting on a possible strike earlier this week, claiming that Muni has enough money -- their pensions and their salaries are not the problem.

That's debatable. What isn't up for debate is the fact that a strike would be illegal.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who is running for San Francisco mayor, noted that a strike would violate the current labor agreement, and if Muni operators decided to walk off the job, he will sue.

"If it appears a threatened or actual strike will

significantly disrupt public transportation and endanger the public

welfare, we will take appropriate legal recourse," Herrera said in a statement posted on his Web site today.

But according to Walter Scott, secretary for the transit union, the "no-strike clause" is open for interpretation, the SF Appeal reports.

"It's never been tested," he said.

Stay tuned to see who gets thrown under the bus this time.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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