By ZUSHA ELINSON : The Bay Citizen – excerpt
Part-timers become full-timers in an effort to cut overtime
In a move it says will reduce overtime costs, Muni has quietly hired 88 part-time drivers to work full-time for the transit agency.
The Bay Citizen has learned that Muni made those hires within the past two weeks.
Muni converted the operators to full-time status because it didn’t have enough drivers, according to Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
The conversion will cost the deficit-plagued agency $1.05 million, but Rose said the hires will save Muni $1.8 million in additional overtime…
Two years ago, San Franciscans approved a measure that promised to Fix Muni Now. Proposition G’s reforms gave the transit agency more leverage with the bus drivers union, which it used during labor negotiations to make changes, including adding part-time drivers. The transit agency projected it would save $6 million over three years by hiring such drivers…
We all know how that worked out. We shall have to look into Prop “G”. And must continue to investigate where SFMTA’s money comes from and where it goes.