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News, The Snitch Fix Muni Now Prop. G Will Lead to Fewer Pee Breaks, Driver's Union Claims

Fix Muni Now Prop. G Will Lead to Fewer Pee Breaks, Driver's Union Claims

The charter amendment backed by San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd to end the guarantee that Muni drivers earn the second-highest wages in the nation could have some pretty far-reaching repercussions.For one, said Irwin Lum, president of Transportation Workers Union Local…
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News, The Snitch Eric Jaye: Muni Drivers Union Never Hired, Paid Me

Eric Jaye: Muni Drivers Union Never Hired, Paid Me

Bulldog Political consultant Eric Jaye has, in a manner of speaking been thrown under the bus. He confirms he's no longer working for the much-maligned Transit Workers Union. But, he adds, he wasn't fired. In fact, he was never really…
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News, The Snitch Think Tank's 28 Ideas to Save Muni Millions -- Without Fare Hikes or Service Cuts

Think Tank's 28 Ideas to Save Muni Millions -- Without Fare Hikes or Service Cuts

Unlike March Against Muni, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research didn't take the streets or wield any bullhorns. Instead, they offered actual solutions to Muni's myriad problems. On Friday, the moderate think tank quietly wrote an open letter to Muni…
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News, The Snitch Marching Muni Drivers Overwhelm 'March Against Muni'

Marching Muni Drivers Overwhelm 'March Against Muni'

View more photos in "March Against Muni: Anti-Muni Protest at City Hall." "March Against Muni," the odd amalgam of largely young, hip people deeply incensed at rude Muni drivers, paper Fast Passes, and other maladies were scheduled to have…
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News, The Snitch Parliamentary Maneuver Could Lead to Higher Muni Fares -- And Soon

Parliamentary Maneuver Could Lead to Higher Muni Fares -- And Soon

Friday's fingernails-on-the-chalkboard pleasant Muni Board Meeting ended with the specter of monthly fares being doubled for children, the disabled, and the elderly being staved off. Everyone exhaled a sigh of relief. Well, inhale a breath of trepidation -- because tomorrow…
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News, The Snitch Say Hello to Muni Union's Not-So-Little Friend: Eric Jaye

Say Hello to Muni Union's Not-So-Little Friend: Eric Jaye

When the embattled Transit Workers Union hired former Gavin Newsom political svengali Eric Jaye, many martial analogies ensued. One city politico we talked to predicted labor war. The term "going to the mattresses" was evoked. One fellow political consultant likened…
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News, The Snitch Muni May Lay Off 170 Operators on Friday

Muni May Lay Off 170 Operators on Friday

Muni spokesman Judson True has confirmed a rumor disseminated by the Muni Drivers' union: 170 operators -- and 230 Muni employees -- will be facing layoffs after Friday's Municipal Transportation Agency Board meeting. "At the Friday meeting, service reductions will…
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News, The Snitch Tangling With Muni Union Helped Make Mayor Frank Jordan Into Ex-Mayor Jordan

Tangling With Muni Union Helped Make Mayor Frank Jordan Into Ex-Mayor Jordan

As many folks steaming on Muni know, the drivers' union last week spurned concessions that would have saved the city some $15 million -- while accepting city charter-mandated raises for $8 million -- even as the moribund system contemplates hacking…
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News, The Snitch Muni Union Boss Says He'll Ask Drivers to Reconsider Spurning Concessions

Muni Union Boss Says He'll Ask Drivers to Reconsider Spurning Concessions

If you're a Muni passenger, this has been the winter of your discontent. And, according to Irwin Lum, president of the Muni drivers' union, many of you have been taking out your frustrations on the brown-sweatered lady or gentleman operating…
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News, The Snitch Elsbernd Vows to Push Charter Amendment Assailing Muni Drivers' Pay

Elsbernd Vows to Push Charter Amendment Assailing Muni Drivers' Pay

Following Muni drivers' hearty rejection yesterday of union concessions that would have saved the city some $15 million, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd -- the union's bête noire -- vowed to SF Weekly in no uncertain terms that he will be initiating…
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News, The Snitch Supe Hopes Audit of Muni Management Will Be Factor in Budget Battle

Supe Hopes Audit of Muni Management Will Be Factor in Budget Battle

With the Municipal Transportation Agency preparing to send hundreds of workers packing and MTA staff advocating for fare hikes and service cuts, Supervisor David Campos has a different idea. Earlier this week, he requested the city's budget analyst undertake a…
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News, The Snitch Who Will Be Thrown Under the Bus? Supe, Muni Union Up Ante in Duel.

Who Will Be Thrown Under the Bus? Supe, Muni Union Up Ante in Duel.

Muni riders yesterday may have discovered something unexpected on their seats -- no, not that. Thousands of pamphlets penned by Transportation Workers Union president Irwin Lum decrying Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and a recent article written about him in the San…
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News, The Snitch DMV: Operator In Muni Train Wreck Ought to Have His Commercial and Personal Driver's Licenses Revoked

DMV: Operator In Muni Train Wreck Ought to Have His Commercial and Personal Driver's Licenses Revoked

If you plowed your car into the back of a Muni train and told authorities afterward that you must have blacked out, odds are you wouldn't be motoring anywhere for quite some time. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles,…
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News, The Snitch Muni Union Head: Early Switch to Manual Power In Train Tunnel, Fingered for Weekend Crash, an 'Understood Practice' Among Drivers, Management

Muni Union Head: Early Switch to Manual Power In Train Tunnel, Fingered for Weekend Crash, an 'Understood Practice' Among Drivers, Management

A pair of culprits have emerged as the potential causes for the weekend's nasty Muni crash at West Portal station: Sources within Muni have told the media that the veteran driver reported he blacked out -- which wouldn't have been…
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