Muni Workers Celebrate Ruling Against SF Ballot Measures That Changed Their Collective Bargaining Rules – excerpt

After a judge from the California Public Employment Relations Board ruled Tuesday that a 2010 city proposition violates state labor law, San Francisco transit workers are celebrating, union officials said Friday.
Judge Shawn Cloughesy found portions of Proposition G, a ballot measure approved by voters in November 2010 that changed the collective bargaining rules for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, interferes with the rights of employees to be part of labor organizations.
Furthermore, the ruling states the proposition violates the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, which established collective bargaining for state public employees…
Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents more than 2,000 Muni workers, argued that Proposition G affected workers’ ability to participate in bargaining, arbitration of disputes between workers and management, and speak out about safety and other issues.
“The best way to keep Muni running safely, on time and on budget is to give our members a voice, bargain fair contracts and respect workers’ rights,” union president Eric Williams said in a statement today… (more)

If anyone needs to speak out about the state of the Muni it is probably the drivers and those who actually make the buses run. We have heard nothing but excuses from Muni management. Their solution is always the same. Complain about lack of funds and cut service.

Despite budget deficit, Muni spends $1 million to hire more drivers

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.