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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Muni "Sickout" Ends, Trains and Buses Back in Service

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Look who is here ... on time!
  • Look who is here ... on time!

We're getting word that all those ill drivers over at Muni are suddenly feeling much, much better. Well enough to return to work.

Muni fired off an email this morning, informing commuters of the good news: all service, including cable cars, buses, light rails, and trolleys are up and running on their regular schedule this morning.

Muni is expecting to provide approximately 90 percent of its service this morning. To put that number into context, Muni was operating at 54 percent on Monday, 61 percent on Tuesday, and 80 percent of its total service on Wednesday.

As a courtesy, BART is still accepting customers with a valid Muni proof of payment between Daly City and Embarcadero stations. Just go to the BART station agency and show them your ticket.

As things return to normal on the streets, it remains unclear how Muni will resolve the labor battle that led to the three-day "sickout." The work stoppage left buses and trains out of service and commuters stranded for over an hour. Very displeased Muni officials struck back at the union, demanding all "sick" workers bring in a doctor's note proving their illness was real. Those who couldn't bring in a note would not be compensated for those days missed. That threat was somewhat of a motivator as union officials began urging its members to only use sick time if they're really sick.

By Wednesday, service had been restored drastically, but the "sickout" continued.

Then yesterday afternoon, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed charges against the TWA Local 250-A, alleging the union has "refused or failed to meet and confer in good faith. In addition, Muni has said it will come after the union for monetary damages to offset the cost of overtime and loss of fares during the three-day "sickout."

Now we'll just have to see where this ride takes us.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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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