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News, The Snitch Let Kids Ride Muni Free, Mathematically Challenged Group Suggests

Let Kids Ride Muni Free, Mathematically Challenged Group Suggests

You wanna balance Muni's books and let folks ride free? You'll need some magic there. ​An organization composed of the Muni driver's union and a consortium of activist groups of varying degrees of sanity has made the push that kids…
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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 Bell-Ringing Boycott More Terrible PR For Muni Union

Bell-Ringing Boycott More Terrible PR For Muni Union

Leadership of the Transportation Workers Union, it seems, inadvertently read the Dale Carnegie tome How to Win Friends and Influence People backwards -- and constantly endeavor lose friends and alienate people. Just when you think the Muni Drivers' union couldn't…
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News, The Snitch No Muni 'Sickout' -- Yet

No Muni 'Sickout' -- Yet

If Muni drivers do hope to pull off a "sickout," it's gotten off to an anemic start. While an anonymous, all-caps flier urged drivers to call in sick en masse from yesterday to Sept. 17, that hasn't happened -- yet.…
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News, The Snitch Muni 'Sickout' Flier's Bold Threats

Muni 'Sickout' Flier's Bold Threats

You may have read a bit about an anonymous flier urging Muni drivers to call in sick and not show up to work on Sept. 13 through Sept. 17. The Transportation Workers Union denies responsibility, and it's not yet clear…
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News, The Snitch Muni Union Seeks Injunction Against Restoring Service Cuts

Muni Union Seeks Injunction Against Restoring Service Cuts

An internal Transportation Workers Union document obtained by SF Weekly contributor Greg Dewar reveals that the union will be seeking injunctive relief against Muni's plan to partially undo May's service cuts this Saturday.You can read that document here: Muni fax.pdfUnion…
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News, The Snitch Can Anything Stop 'Fix Muni Now'?

Can Anything Stop 'Fix Muni Now'?

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd yesterday turned in his trove of signatures for the "Fix Muni Now" petition, which will almost certainly qualify the transit reform measure for the ballot. And once it's on the ballot, it's hard to foresee a scenario…
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News, The Snitch Muni Finds Way To Halve Service Cuts -- Even Without Union Concessions

Muni Finds Way To Halve Service Cuts -- Even Without Union Concessions

The plan to soften the blow of Muni's 10-percent service cuts -- that last month appeared as hopeless as catching a timely late night bus after the drivers' union spurned give-backs -- has apparently been resurrected. In a deal brokered…
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News, The Snitch Muni Drivers' Union Agrees to Givebacks. Will Union Members Approve?

Muni Drivers' Union Agrees to Givebacks. Will Union Members Approve?

The Transit Workers Union Local 250 -- truly the pinata of both progressives, moderates, and everyone else -- has reached a tentative agreement for givebacks, reports the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom. The union is the last in the city…
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News, The Snitch City Audit Slams Muni Labor, Management

City Audit Slams Muni Labor, Management

City's Budget Analyst Harvey Rose released "part one" of a performance audit of Muni today. And, guess what? Muni drivers' self-serving work rules cost the city millions. The agency is drowning in overtime, accounting for just under half of the…
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Union Leader Says SF Weekly Misquoted Him. Video Evidence Says We Didn't.

Last week, we watched Cable Car driver and Transit Workers Union leader Eric Williams verbally demolish the organizers of the so-called "March Against Muni." Yet we were perplexed by some of what Williams said, namely his claims that it took…
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News, The Snitch Muni Union's Crazy Math

Muni Union's Crazy Math

Watching the Muni drivers overpower Monday's "March Against Muni," it was hard not to be impressed by cable car driver Eric Williams (above). He easily out-debated his foes, stayed relentlessly on message -- it's all management's fault! -- and…
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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 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 ¡Arriba! Class Warfare Erupts During Muni Hearing.

¡Arriba! Class Warfare Erupts During Muni Hearing.

UPDATE, 4:22 p.m. -- The San Francisco Business Times reports that the MTA board has voted not to enact rate hikes for elders, young people, and the disabled (yet), but will cut service citywide by 10 percent to alleviate its…
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News, The Snitch Board President Reiterates Supervisors Won't Buy Into Muni Fare Hike

Board President Reiterates Supervisors Won't Buy Into Muni Fare Hike

As we noted earlier this week, Friday's MTA Board meeting will have something to enrage everyone. If the board members vote for the proposals in front of them -- and that's where the smart money is going -- they'll end…
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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 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 Muni Union's Spurning of Concessions Another Disappointment for Aaron Peskin

Muni Union's Spurning of Concessions Another Disappointment for Aaron Peskin

Back in 2007, then Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin won a hard-fought victory for Proposition A, which he hoped would make Muni a stronger, more independent, better-funded system. That the episode recently served as one of most pertinent examples…
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