Muni union vote on contract delayed a week 

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  • Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner file photo
  • Approval of a tentative agreement between Muni and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A was rescheduled for July 14.

Approval of a tentative agreement between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A was delayed today and rescheduled for July 14.

"We needed to clarify an aspect of the tentative agreement and we've reached a resolution on that regard and are optimistic about the vote on [July 14]," said SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.

The union plans to release details of the "aspect" that needed clarification to its membership Tuesday night, Rose said.

"We've made a commitment not to discuss details until they had a chance to do that," he said.

Eric Williams, president of Local 250-A, did not immediately return calls for comment today.

The union on its website posted a notification dated last Wednesday informing transit operators and fare inspectors, for whom the contract applies, and the rest of its membership that the contract ratification vote for today had been canceled.

Under the new tentative agreement, Muni operators and fare inspectors would receive a 14.25 percent wage increase over three years. That breaks down to an up to 9.5 percent wage increase depending on an employee's seniority, that is intended to offset a 7.5 percent contribution in worker pensions, as well as a 4.75 percent cost of living increase.

Those terms came June 27, a few days before the expiration date of the old contract.

Following the union's anticipated approval of the tentative agreement today, the SFMTA board of directors planned to vote on the contract July 15. Rose said he did not have details on whether that date will hold or what the new timeline might be.

There is no deadline to approve the tentative agreement, he said, and the new terms for workers will be retroactive to July 1.

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