San Francisco Muni employees must pay to park at work now

Muni workers will have to pay to park just like the rest of us.

Last year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, approved regulations that would require employees to pay to park on department property. On Tuesday, the agency’s board of directors amended The City’s transportation code to allow parking control officers to issue $55 citations for any agency worker not complying with the new regulations.

The board was supposed to amend the code last month, but delayed the ruling following an outcry from SFMTA workers.

President Rafael Cabrera of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 Muni operators, said management did not properly meet and confer with the union before implementing the measure, thus breaking its contract.

He also said it unfairly targets operators, many of whom arrive to work in the early morning and do not have the option of commuting via public transit.

Under the measure, SFMTA workers would pay $80 a month for parking. The measure is projected to generate $1.3 million annually for the agency, which is facing a current shortfall of $21.2 million.

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