Muni limps through system-wide sick-out
UPDATE 12:01 p.m. Muni operators have voted 1,198 to 42 to reject the proposed labor contract. Union officials from Transport Workers Union Local 250-A released the voting results this afternoon.
San Francisco Muni officials are telling riders to prepare themselves for major system-wide delays for the rest of the day.
A Muni driver sick-out is causing major delays on Muni buses, light-rail trains and cable car service that began during the Monday morning commute.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose said that only 200 buses and trains were currently running during the morning commute out of the 600 scheduled. Cable car service is now shut down. Only about half of light-rail trains are currently running, Rose said this morning.
He said the transit agency is monitoring the situation and trying to balance the system the system as best as they can. Rose said delays can expected throughout the entire day.
Muni riders should not rely on NextBus system today because of the system-wide delays. Instead they should follow @sfmta_muni for real-time updates or sign up for text and email alerts through the SFMTA’s website.
The Muni driver sick-out is part of a protest by transit operators who are not pleased with the current proposed labor contract, which asks operators to contribute more to their pensions despite raises over the next two years that would raise their hourly rate to $32.
Muni riders are taking to Twitter to let out their frustrations over the delays as they try to find alternatives to get to their destinations this morning:
@jchinn84 Walked from the Panhandle to the Financial District. Takes a half-hour longer than usual bus ride.
— señor gigante (@anchorsteamer) June 2, 2014