Newsom tells Muni workers to take concessions 

Mayor Gavin Newsom called on the union for Muni operators to agree to wage concessions that the mayor said could help reduce service cuts at the transit agency.

A collective of city unions agreed this last week to furlough days and concessions that will save The City $200 million over the next two years.

"Our public employees stepped up yet again," Newsom said of the deal during his weekly YouTube address.

After the praise for the workers, Newsom called on Muni operators to give back wage increases.

"It is wrong to take a wage increase in this economic environment," Newsom said.

The union that represents the drivers and operators — the Transport Workers Union — were part of the negotiating team, according to Newsom, who pointed out why it is vital for the union to accept concessions.

"Muni riders will be the beneficiaries," he said, stating that the full service cuts that are planned could be reduced.

"This is an opportunity, and I hope the TWU will take the moment and step up to the plate," Newsom said.

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