Muni boss says operators getting bad info 

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency chief Nathaniel Ford said Tuesday he doesn’t think Muni operators’ vote against labor concessions should stand, partly because members may not have been properly educated about the deal and have been negatively influenced by outside sources — though he wasn’t specific about whom those sources might be.

Ford did say that “management personnel outside the union … that have direct contact with union members,” were partly the reason labor savings have failed.

The operated rejected concessions Friday that would have restored recent service cuts, angering Mayor Gavin Newsom and MTA leadership. The next step, the MTA chief Nathaniel Ford said at Tuesday’s board meeting, is to find a way to get union members on board.

That there will be a next step equally angered Rafael Cabrera, vice president of the operators’ union, TWU Local 250A. Cabrera lambasted SFMTA leadership for refusing to let union members’ vote stand.

“The members voted down, they rejected it,” said Cabrera, adding that he was “shocked” by the agency’s insistence on the matter.

SFMTA Director Malcolm Heinicke responded by saying he was shocked that Cabrera used the word “shocked.” He said he is “extremely disappointed” that drivers haven’t agreed to “very minimal concessions” while all other city workers and residents have stepped up to the plate.

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