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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Muni's Sickout By the Numbers: How Many Drivers Called in Sick Monday?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

click to enlarge SOURCE: SFMTA
  • Source: SFMTA

Muni's Monday Malaise has stretched into Tuesday. 

Drivers, sickened by a contract they voted down in a Putin-like 24:1 ratio, have taken their queasiness one step further and called in sick to work, en masse. The result: Two days of nightmarish commuting of the sort usually reserved for those busing into downtown Hell from the First Circle (or the 'burbs of Purgatory).

So, how many sick calls does it take to pull off a sickout -- and cripple a major city's mass-transit system? Glad you asked. Below is a chart revealing the driver sick calls, in total and by Muni division, for the  five Mondays leading up to June 2. Keep in mind that May 26 was Memorial Day and Muni ran an abridged, Sunday schedule: 

click to enlarge SOURCE: SFMTA
  • Source: SFMTA

Now take a gander below at the Monday, June 2 sick-a-thon: 

  • Source: SFMTA

So, there you have it: A "sickout" requires three to seven times as many drivers to call in sick as on a normal, garden-variety Monday. Perusing the divisions, it seems the Monday Malaise was particularly acute among cable car operators and Presidio-based drivers. Alert the folks in toxicology. 

Per Muni, some 200 drivers called in sick for this morning's shift alone; SF Weekly has been told this will be a three-day sickout. 

Here's to our civic health being restored -- equitably and rapidly. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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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