Supervisor Scott Wiener calls on Muni to get tough on workers 

As the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni, begins labor negotiations, the pressure is mounting for big changes to the labor agreement.

After the voter approval of Proposition G in November, the agency has the ability to negotiate work rules and compensation. It eliminated the automatic assurance drivers will be paid at least the second highest wages compared to what other transit agencies pay their drivers.

Now that the voters have done their job, it’s MTA’s turn to do its job and to bargain effectively.

"It’s not enough to get a few concessions," Supervisor Scott Wiener said during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. "And it’s not enough to nibble around the edges.”

The agency, he said, needs to come up with a labor agreement that is “fair not only to Muni’s employees but also to the hundreds of thousands of riders who depend on Muni every day.”

Wiener said without getting the labor cost under control -- including eliminating costly arcane work rules -- “we will continue to see a deterioration of the system.”

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