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A breakdown of what San Francisco propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election. Read More
Money in politics is a large issue, and the rise of so-called super-PACs is a troublesome trend. Whether you agree or disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that corporations have the right to spend in elections, the ballot in San Francisco is not the place to take a stand. Read More
A billboard on a government building is suddenly the center of a whole lot of attention.At issue is whether the Board of Supervisors should approve a deal with a billboard adverting company for use of a 20 foot by 60 foot space on the wall of the city building at 1650 Mission St. It is the only billboard on a city building, and would generate at least $345,000 in revenue during the next five years. Read More
A federal labor official has dismissed a challenge by Muni operators that sought to invalidate much of the voter-approved measure that gave the transit agency more leverage in negotiating contracts.
The Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents about 2,000 Muni operators, filed the challenge in May with the Department of Labor in an effort to neuter Proposition G. Read More
An independent arbitrator is expected to rule in the next few days on the terms of a new labor contract between Muni and its operators union.
Wednesday night, members of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A overwhelmingly rejected a tentative three-year agreement that union leaders struck with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
Consequently, an arbitrator could now determine the contract’s final terms. Read More
Seeking to derail the voter initiative that gave Muni more leverage in contract negotiations with operators, a union has jeopardized $2 billion in federal funding for projects including bus and light-rail replacement and the Central Subway.
By targeting the funding, the union hopes to force Muni to seek the repeal of Proposition G, thus strengthening the hand of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A in ongoing bargaining talks. Read More
Muni’s operators’ union has filed federal charges to stop the implementation of Proposition G, an action that could force voters to repeal the initiative or lose $2 billion in funding for the transit agency. Read More
Despite working under a contract that explicitly bars strikes, Muni’s transit operators might vote to authorize one if their ongoing labor negotiations reach an impasse.This Friday, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 drivers and conductors, will begin a weeklong vote that could authorize a strike. If approved, the initiative would let union President Rafael Cabrera call a strike, while not necessarily assuring that one is imminent. Read More
Leave it to Muni workers, who have filed a lawsuit to block some portions of the voter-approved reform measure Proposition G, to hop on a train to nowhere.
And this is one time San Francisco’s fabled public transit employees will get there on schedule, because there’s so little traffic moving in that direction. Read More