In response to Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s intent on getting a charter amendment measure on the November ballot to reform Muni payment methods, the embattled operators’ union has hired political guru and one-time Gavin Newsom confidant Eric Jaye to help freshen up their campaign image.
Last week, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A turned down a set of contract concessions that would have saved the cash-strapped Municipal Transportation Agency $14.9 million over the next two years.
Following that result, Elsbernd announced his plans to collect 50,000 signatures to get his charter amendment on the November ballot.
Jaye said that he will be helping the operators’ union in a political context during the build-up to the vote.
“So far, this story has been very one-sided,” said Jaye. “The operators are committed to doing everything they can to protect their riders, but they’ve only been demonized for their efforts.”
Ideally, Jaye said that MTA management and the operators union could come to an understanding that would avert a larger political battle.
“Hopefully we can come to a resolution that protects the riders and protects the operators and their families,” said Jaye.
Jaye, who began working with the TWU today, worked on Newsom’s campaign for California governor before resigning in July due to ideological differences.