Teamsters and drivers for Bauer's Intelligent Transportation held a protest on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the corner of Valencia and 24th Street to call on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to adopt a resolution ensuring labor harmony. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Bauer’s regains tech shuttle permit in SF after getting the boot in April

First, Bauer’s was out. Now, it’s back in.

Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation was kicked out of The City’s commuter shuttle program in April because it accrued more complaints than any other shuttle service. The company also failed to foster “harmony” with labor unions, a stipulation of The City.

As a result, the company that once drove employees of Zynga and Cisco to and from Silicon Valley was banned from using Muni stops and other public curb spaces.

But the company has cleaned up its act, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“Since January 2016, the number of complaints the SFMTA has received on a monthly basis about Bauer’s shuttle service has declined significantly,” said Paul Rose, an SFMTA spokesperson, adding they’ve made a “significant effort” to address issues.

And as of Sept. 14, Bauer’s ended its long-running feud with California Teamsters and has begun unionizing its bus drivers.

One week later, September 21, Bauer’s was back in.

In April, Bauer’s received 23 percent of all commuter shuttle citations, according to the SFMTA. Between May and August, the company was down to 11 percent of all citations.

Bauer’s was frequently dinged by the SFMTA for driving on narrow streets and “weight-restricted streets,” the latter of which are not cleared for heavy, double-decker tech shuttles.

Doug Bloch, political director of the Teamsters Joint Council 7, which represents Teamsters statewide, said a labor harmony resolution adopted by the SFMTA played a key role in the Teamsters’ win.

That resolution tasks commuter shuttle companies with maintaining good ties with labor in order to participate in The City’s shuttle program.

Bauer’s permit was approved through 2017.

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