The absentee rate of Muni drivers dropped this fiscal year. (Examiner file photo)The absentee rate of Muni drivers dropped this fiscal year. (Examiner file photo)

The absentee rate of Muni drivers dropped this fiscal year. (Examiner file photo)The absentee rate of Muni drivers dropped this fiscal year. (Examiner file photo)

Muni drivers are skipping work less often

Despite a contentious negotiating period between drivers and management, the rate of unscheduled absences by Muni drivers actually dropped this fiscal year to its lowest level since 2008.

Muni’s bus, rail, and cable car operators didn’t show up to work for 12.9 percent of their scheduled runs, a rate that is well above the agency’s goal of 10.5 percent, but below the levels of the past three fiscal years (where the mark has held steady at 13.7 percent.)

The 12.9 percent unexplained absence rate—which includes sick days, jury duty, military leave, and family illness, among other possibilities—was the lowest since operators posted a 11 percent mark in the 2008 fiscal year. The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Muni operators actually threatened to strike on several occasions this year, during which time the agency’s management negotiated a new contract with the drivers union under the aegis of Proposition G. No strike (or “sick-out”) was ever carried out by the operators, however.

While the operators posted their lowest unexplained absence rate in years, they still ranked well above their peers at the agency. None of Muni’s nine work classifications had absentee rates as high as the operators.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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