The Department of Elections certified Monday that he had collected enough signatures to place on the November ballot a charter amendment that would eliminate the charter provision that ensures Muni operators are paid at least the second highest wage in the nation compared to what other transit agencies pay their operators. Elsbernd turned in 74,933 signatures on July 1. He needed 44,382.
“We officially qualified today, we are officially on the ballot, now it’s on to November in what I hope will be a very successful election and I’m pretty confident that it will be,” said Elsbernd, who worked with the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, a public-policy think tank.
The measure, if approved by voters, would require wage levels be set as part of labor union negotiations. Eliminating the automatic pay rate that gives the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority more negotiating leverage. The measure also allows the agency to start from scratch when it comes to negotiating work rules. The existing work rules have long been blamed for the transit agency’s operational flaws, such as excessive overtime usage or the inability to discipline chronic absent operators.