Muni operators onboard, albeit begrudgingly, for service restoration plan 

Muni’s plan to restore 61 percent of its recent service reductions is getting much-needed, albeit begrudging, support from its operators union.

In May, the San Franicsco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, slashed service by 10 percent, a move that was projected to save the cash-strapped department $29 million annually.

After public outcry, the SFMTA cobbled together $15 million to support a program to restore half of the service cuts by Sept. 4. Earlier this month, the agency announced plans to increase that restoration to 61 percent, based on savings accrued from scheduling efficiencies in its transit operators’ workdays.

Historically, the Transport Workers Local 250-A, the operators union, has had a chance to review any scheduling changes put forth by SFMTA management (although the union’s approval is not mandatory). On Friday, union officials issued a terse statement saying that, although the organization had objections to the scheduling changes, it would not oppose them. The memo did say that a “legal process” was underway to review the changes.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose couldn’t go into detail about those legal pursuits, although he did say that “it’s our understanding that all parties are amenable to the scheduling changes.”

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