Supervisor wants to see results of new Muni contract

SF Public Press
 — Jul 1 2011 - 3:48pm

 An arbitrator-imposed labor contract for the city's Muni operators went into effect on Friday and is expected to save the city $41 million over the next three years. One city supervisor wants the transit agency to show where those savings are coming from.

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a resolution at Tuesday's board meeting calling upon the transit agency's governing board to give periodic updates on how the agency is saving money from the deal.

“You can have a great collective bargaining agreement, but if you're not quickly and efficiently implementing those changes, you're not going to realize the savings,” said Wiener.

Proposition G, which was passed by voters in November, gave the transit agency more leverage in changing work rules and wages during labor negotiations. Some of those changes included hiring part-time drivers, which the agency says will reduce overtime costs.

“It's important we monitor these work rule changes and make sure they're actually happening,” said Wiener.

The Board of Supervisors government and audit committee scolded the agency in May for spending $18 million over its budgeted overtime this year.

Muni Spokesman Paul Rose said the agency will keep the board and the public updated on the implementation of the contract.