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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Muni Drivers' Union Suspends Two Top Officials

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

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The Muni drivers' union yesterday posted a "special notice" to its membership revealing the executive board has voted to suspend the union's executive vice president and secretary treasurer.

Messages for executive vice president Ron Austin and secretary treasurer Bernard Broughton have not yet been returned. The two were put on notice Dec. 30 and the special notice was posted at union headquarters on Monday.

TWU Local 250 President Eric Williams was taken aback that news of the suspensions had been disseminated beyond union members.

Williams refused to disclose what allegations led to the suspensions. "At this point, I want to refrain. We have been instructed, through counsel, that until due process is done, we can't put in the media what's going on."

Calls to Austin's union-issued cellphone were picked up by another union officer. He, too, refused to clarify the situation.

Union members, however, had their own take. "We were warned not to vote for these guys," grumbled one.

The union's current Memorandum of Understanding expires on June 30. It'll be interesting to see who's negotiating the next deal.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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