SPUR supports Muni work rule reform 

A San Francisco public policy think tank is asking voters to sign onto a movement to reform Muni this November. Gabriel Metcalf, executive director for San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association, sent out an e-mail blast asking residents to help collect money and signatures to qualify a ballot measure to reform the work rules with Muni drivers.

SPUR is working with San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd to pass a charter amendment that would require collective bargaining between labor and management to set pay, benefits and work rules. They must collect 50,000 signatures from registered voters in San Francisco before July 7 in order to get the measure on the November ballot.

“We have come to the conclusion that without this change, Muni will remain broken,” Metcalf said in the e-mail. “Because the City Charter sets wages and benefits by an automatic formula, management does not have any leverage when it comes time to negotiating work rules. We must set up a true collective bargaining system if we want Muni to improve.”

To help collect signatures, e-mail MuniReform@SPUR.org.

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