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Muni ‘sickout’ threatened for next week

On Thursday CBS 5 reported that San Francisco Muni drivers were planning a five-day sickout, starting next Monday. The news came in the form of anonymous fliers found in Muni yards across the city.

Working conditions have been a point of contention. SF weekly reported Thursday that Muni has made it harder to “fudge” absences and has created “standby runs” in which drivers, even those with more than 25 years in the driver’s seat, have to sit around waiting for an assignment. An audit in May found that some veteran drivers spend more time waiting than they do driving, and concluded that Muni could save $1.2 million by eliminating this discrepancy.

The blog SFist obtained a copy of the sickout flyer, printed in all caps, including statements such as: “DO NOT TOUCH OUR SICK LEAVE PROCEDURES. LEAVE IT ALONE. IT'S BEEN THE SAME FOR 30 YEARS OR MORE.”

It ends with: “IF WE DON’T COME TO WORK HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WILL NOT GO TO WORK ALSO. IT’S TIME TO USE OUR POWER.”

The Transport Workers Union Local 250-A has already issued a response, saying that any sickout is unsanctioned by the union.