Parking meter coin-counters to net nearly $1 million annual raise

Those who count San Francisco’s parking meter coins are now getting more coin themselves.

Parking meter coin counters are getting raises for a total of $900,000 a year following approval by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors on Tuesday.

Twenty five employees would be affected by the raise. Meter collectors and coin counters making $13.34 an hour would make $14.50 an hour under the new agreement, and those working more than 18 months would go from making $14.88 to $21.80 an hour.

That raise comes out of a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters Union Local 665, which represents the coin collectors. The board also prepared an ordinance to codify prevailing wages for these workers for future contract negotiations, according to an SFMTA staff report.

The current agreement, which expires July 31, 2017, and has the option to be extended for up to four years, does not necessarily obligate The City to pay the higher wages proposed, according to the staff report.

According to that report, the company hired to manage parking meter coin collection, Serco, said it would only implement raises from the collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters if costs were absorbed by the SFMTA, which this year that will add up to about $700,000.

The total five-year contract with Serco is for $46,410,974, according to an SFMTA staff report.

The raises add up to “approximately $915,000 for each extension year of the agreement,” according to an SFMTA staff report, effective July 1, 2016, and benefits, effective Jan. 1, 2017, for meter collector, coin room operator, crew lead and foreperson positions.

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