Mayor Ed Lee to transit workers: ‘Our jobs are to serve the public’ 

What looked like a good contract deal for transit workers and Muni management from the outside turned out to be a landslide failure once it went up for a rank-and-file vote.

Mayor Ed Lee spoke Wednesday about the impasse, saying he’s not getting involved until the arbitration process has run its course. He said that there’s a major gap of understanding between “drivers and their own management, their own representatives, and our management of Muni and the public.”

He then called on Muni operators to remember who their boss is.

“The ultimate thing I need to keep impressing on the drivers is we, including myself, our bosses are the residents of the City of San Francisco and we need to respect that and understand that our jobs are to serve the public.”

“On the eve of a funeral for firefighters that gave the ultimate sacrifice, I think that we have so many of us that do understand that role. And we just want to make sure that everyone makes that the priority of The City is the safety of its residents and their convenience.”

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who had his own problems trying to get Muni operators to give up concessions when he was mayor, offered his own opinion on the operators rejection Thursday morning on KGO Radio.

“It’s hubris, and it’s wrong,” Newsom said.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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