Newsom gives transit leaders until Monday to accept concessions 

Mayor Gavin Newsom said transit union leaders have until Monday to change their position and accept $14.9 million in concessions that would prevent The City from increasing bus fares and cutting services.

On Friday, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority is poised to make cuts to services and raise fares for the disabled, seniors and youth. But Newsom said those decisions will be made conditionally, giving the union until Monday to accept the proposed concessions.

“They had the opportunity to come back, we were hoping it would be today, but it looks like it will be Monday,” Newsom said.

Newsom reiterated his sentiment that everyone, including Muni operators, need to step up to the plate at a time when The City is facing a $522 million budget deficit. Muni drivers are supposed to get $8 million in raises.

“We are saying please don’t take a raise in this environment, don’t make it worse,” Newsom said. “I promise this, if the union does not move forward and step up and support seniors youth and the disabled, there will be a ballot initiative.”

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