San Francisco transit workers ratify new contract

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 - 1:33 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 - 2:44 pm

San Francisco transit workers have ratified a new contract a month after taking part in a sickout that stalled the city's world-famous cable cars and disrupted bus and light-rail service.

Members of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A voted 634 to 485 on Monday in favor of the three-year deal with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, union officials said Tuesday. The contract will give workers raises totaling 14.25 percent and require them to pay into their pension plans.

The vote also comes after drivers called in sick for three days last month after overwhelmingly rejecting a contract they said amounted to a pay cut.

The union's president, Eric Williams, said Tuesday in a statement that the members spoke up and stuck together to get a deal in place. The agency serves about 700,000 passengers each day.

"We worked hard at the bargaining table, and our members maintained extraordinary solidarity throughout the negotiating process," Williams said. "We look forward to providing excellent service to transit riders."

The contract must still be voted on by the agency's board members on July 30, transit agency spokesman Paul Rose said. The board's approval is expected.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also thanked the parties Tuesday for reaching an agreement and praised former Mayor Willie Brown for helping to broker the deal.

"I am grateful that both the Muni drivers and the SFMTA have reached a fair and responsible agreement that honors workers and Muni riders, and keeps our public transportation system on a sustainable fiscal path," Lee said.

Read more articles by TERRY COLLINS



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