San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Statement on MUNI “Sickout”

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce calls on Muni workers to get back on the job of helping people get where they need to go. Muni workers should complete the collective bargaining process to keep the city’s transit system moving until a new labor agreement can be reached.

“It’s time to get real, Muni workers are the second highest paid transit operators in the country,” said Bob Linscheid, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Muni worker’s ‘sickout’ is nothing short of a strike – a clear violation of the City Charter. These spiteful actions are unnecessary and unlawful. Muni workers should return to work immediately for the sake of all San Franciscans.”

Monday’s strike took 400 Muni vehicles off the streets during commute hours, causing significant crowding and hours of delay for hundreds of commuters, residents and tourists. Today’s strike will also have significant impacts.

The Chamber applauds San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Director Ed Reiskin’s decision to require workers “out sick” to provide adequate verification from their health care provider in order to be eligible to receive paid sick leave. The Chamber now calls on Mayor Ed Lee and city officials to make it clear that the illegal actions concerted by Muni employees must end immediately or disciplinary action should be taken pursuant to voter approved provisions of the City Charter.


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