Muni labor leader blasts ballot measure 

Irwin Lum, president of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, had some sharp words about Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s plan to gather signatures to put a charter amendment on the November ballot that, among other things, would eliminate the mandate that drivers are at least the second highest paid transit operators in the nation.

“We just feel that it’s a misguided attempt to put the blame solely on operators as the problem,” Lum said. “Muni has an overall problem with its budget. To solely focus on operators and somehow put the blame and scapegoat us as the problem with Muni is really wrong and misguided.”

Lum said that Elsbernd is using the measure for “his own political agenda” and to “further his political career” and is wiping up “this anti-Muni driver hysteria.” Lum said instead the issues about drivers’ pay should be handled in “the labor-management arena.”

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