Muni operators preliminarily approve strike authorization, city attorney responds

Muni’s transit workers have preliminarily approved the right for their leadership to call a strike, but the City Attorney’s Office has quickly struck back, saying any work stoppage would be illegal under San Francisco’s charter.

On Friday, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 Muni operators, approved a measure that would allow President Rafael Cabrera to authorize a strike if current labor negotiations reach an impasse.

The voting won’t be finalized until Thursday, and even then, it wouldn’t assure a strike by the transit operators.

Still, the preliminary vote prompted a statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who said a work stoppage by the operators is strictly prohibited in the union’s contract with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni.

“If it appears a threatened or actual strike will significantly disrupt public transportation and endanger the public welfare — we will take appropriate legal recourse,” Herrera said. “The terms of the existing MOU [memorandum of understanding] prohibit a strike, and the Charter declares that strikes by City employees are not in the public interest.”

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

Just Posted

SF to shut down 82 oil wells on Kern County property

‘Keep It in the Ground’ legislation prohibits the extraction of oil, gas and minerals from city land

Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run of SF grocery store owner

Eleasia Fraise booked in 2017 death of Konstantinos ‘Gus’ Vardakastanis

Giants, Yastrzemski walk it off as Conner Menez, Zach Green star in debuts

San Francisco Giants debut two rookies who play major roles in third extra-inning win over Mets

Central Subway contractor dispute threatens to bust budget

Muni’s $1.6 billion Central Subway project is nearly out of money. An… Continue reading

Lyft rolls out new rental bikes

San Francisco welcomed 2,400 electric-assist rental bikes on its streets Friday morning… Continue reading

Most Read