Muni strikes deal with union, but pact with operators still outstanding 

click to enlarge For the second time in three weeks Muni completed a labor deal with one of its unions, but the agency has still yet to come to terms with its largest workers group. (Examiner file photo) - FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE WEEKS MUNI COMPLETED A LABOR DEAL WITH ONE OF ITS UNIONS, BUT THE AGENCY HAS STILL YET TO COME TO TERMS WITH ITS LARGEST WORKERS GROUP. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)
  • For the second time in three weeks Muni completed a labor deal with one of its unions, but the agency has still yet to come to terms with its largest workers group. (Examiner file photo)
  • For the second time in three weeks Muni completed a labor deal with one of its unions, but the agency has still yet to come to terms with its largest workers group. (Examiner file photo)

For the second time in three weeks Muni completed a labor deal with one of its unions, but the agency has still yet to come to terms with its largest workers group.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, announced that it had completed contract talks with the Transport Workers Union Local-200, an organization that represents 200 transit supervisors. Through the negotiations, SFMTA management said the agency will save $2.5 million in labor costs over the next three years.

TWU Local-200 agreed to a salary freeze for the next three years, a reduction of floating holidays from five to three days, and greater management oversight over disciplinary procedures, according to Rich Peterson, an SFMTA spokesman.

While the SFMTA has secured contract deals with TWU Local-200 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 6, it still has yet to shore up talks with the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, a powerful organization that represents about 2,000 transit operators.

The SFMTA, which is facing a $22 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, has identified $26 million in potential savings from negotiations with TWU Local 250-A, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement on a new contract.

SFMTA officials have said that talks are progressing, but union representatives have been much more skeptical of success. If the two sides reach an impasse, the negotiations will go to an arbitrator, although the operators union has warned officials that it could strike if talks deteriorate. The union has also filed charges to stop the implementation of Proposition G—a voter initiative that gives management much greater leverage to negotiate work rules with the organization.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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