Union vote on $15 million MTA labor negotiations expected next week 

The union representing 2,500 operators with the Municipal Transportation Agency is expected to vote next week on a labor negotiations’ proposal that could result in about $15 million in savings for the cash-strapped transit agency.

Last week, MTA chief Nat Ford and Mayor Gavin Newsom engaged in intense labor negotiations with the Transit Workers Union Local 250-A, in hopes of coming up with solutions for the agency’s current mid-year budget deficit of $16.9 million, and upcoming fiscal year deficit of $53 million.

As a result of the talks, the MTA hopes to save about $15 million in labor costs from TWU Local 250-A over the next two years, according to Ford.

Ford said the windfall would help “lessen the impact” of proposals to double the cost of Fast Pass fares for disabled and senior citizens, and to reduce transit service by 10 percent—although the MTA chief would not expound further than that.

According to its website, TWU Local 250-A will meet tomorrow night to discuss the labor negotiations. Ford said that the union will vote whether to ratify the proposal on February 16, although no union officials could be contacted to confirm this date. The results of the labor negotiations—and the $15 million in savings—will not be realized without approval from union members.

“These have been tough negotiations, but we feel fortunate that we’re working with a union that has been willing to respond to the challenges we face,” said Ford.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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