By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
ome of Muni’s newest drivers are struggling to make ends meet, under a contract which cuts their pay to about half what new drivers previously made.
These drivers are increasingly leaning on other means to live — including second jobs driving for Uber, or other transit companies — and moving farther away from San Francisco, which operators say may impact the safety of Muni riders.
In interviews with more than 10 bus and train operators, a former union head, and information gleaned from union meetings, the San Francisco Examiner has learned San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency drivers are struggling, and unrest within their union is growing.
Most spoke anonymously due to fear of retribution. Many described an inability to pay for basic living expenses as new Muni operators.
One full-time Muni operator said he makes about $2,100 a month, after taxes.
Despite also combining his income with his wife’s, he said, he still struggles to support his daughter. Like many parents, he makes tradeoffs… (more)