Muni operating on schedule, no sign of sickout

All Muni lines were running on schedule Tuesday morning despite a rumor that bus and streetcar operators planned to call in sick due to labor grievances, a spokesman said.

Earlier this month, a mysterious flier was circulated around The City that called on members of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 Muni operators, to call in sick for work Tuesday through Friday.

The type-written pamphlet, which was not endorsed by leaders of the union, cited a list of grievances, including recent changes to operators’ work schedules, a new rule that requires the workers to pay for their parking and alterations to sick-day protocols. Recently, the union lost an appeal to prevent service restorations.

Around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said all scheduled bus and streetcar lines were operating on city streets normally.

Rose said the agency had prepared a contingency plan in the event of a sickout. If a sickout does occur, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will direct passengers to other local operators, such as BART and Golden Gate Transit. And the agency will contact operators not scheduled to work and ask them to fill in. Lastly, the SFMTA will coordinate with taxi companies to get commuters to work.

Rose said he did not know whether some workers abided by the sickout Tuesday and had to be replaced. A call to the union was not immediately returned.

Although no one has laid claim to the letter, the SFMTA sent out an internal memo reminding operators that any work stoppages are strictly prohibited.

“There is no real way to replace a service that boards 700,000 passengers a day,” Rose said. “But if anything does happen, we’ll be ready to try and provide the best possible service we can.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Examiner Staff Writer Will Reisman contributed to this report.

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