Muni union vote on new contract is closed — results expected within hours 

As of 5 p.m., membership voting is officially over regarding a new contract deal between the Municipal Transportation Agency and its operators union, with the results of the action expected to be released in a few hours.

Last week, the SFMTA, which operates Muni, and the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents over 2,000 transit operators, agreed on a tentative contract deal that would save the agency $21 million over three years.

However, before that contract is finalized, the union’s members must ratify it by vote. Since 5 a.m., the operators have been reporting to their various divisions to cast their ballots for or against the new contract. The voting closed at 5 p.m. If the contract is ratified, it will take affect July 1.

If the initiative is rejected by the membership — which has happened recently — the contract will go before an independent arbitrator on Thursday, according to SFMTA spokesman Charlie Goodyear. The arbitrator is expected to finalize terms for the contract by Tuesday, Goodyear said.

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