San Francisco Elimination of Pay Guarantees for Muni Operators, Proposition G (November 2010)
San Francisco superintendent Sean Elsbernd was a leading force behind the initiative.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI), the agency that supervises the muni operators, projected a $16.9 million deficit through June 30, 2010, and a $53 million deficit for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2010.
On July 1, 2010, all of San Francisco's muni workers received a 5.5% raise. They were the only city workers to receive a raise.
In the wake of Proposition G's significant victory at the polls, its chief sponsor, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, said, ""(Muni chief) Nat Ford and management have been given a tremendous tool to negotiate a fair and equitable contract. The public and political pressure on them to follow through will be great."
Election results are from the San Francisco elections division as of November 26, 2010.
Supporters of Proposition G included:
- San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
- The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
The question on the ballot:
|Proposition G: Shall the City eliminate the formula for setting minimum MUNI operator wages and instead set MUNI operator wages through collective bargaining and binding arbitration; add rules for arbitration proceedings regarding MTA’s transit employees; and make other changes to terms of employment for MTA employees?|
Path to the ballot
Supporters turned in 74,884 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot in early July.
About $320,000 was donated to the campaign to enable the collection of the signatures.
According to San Francisco Examiner reporter Melissa Griffin, writing during the petition drive for signatures, "In light of the operators’ recent refusal to make labor concessions, people are signing the petition for this with flourish, in big letters, and in red ink — the same color as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s bloody financial statements."
- San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet
- Website of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI)
- Fix Muni Now, website of the campaign in favor of the initiative
- Text of the measure
- Website of San Francisco's muni workers
- Muni drivers try to shift the bulls-eye
- "Local ballot measure campaigns reach the finish line", July 6, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Muni operators want supe's ballot measure off the table", February 23, 2010
- San Francisco Appeal, "Money, Muni Fuel Successful "Fix Muni" Petition Drive", July 1, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Prop. G backers call it mandate to reform Muni", November 8, 2010
- San Francisco Streets Blog, "Proposition G and the Fix Muni Syndrome", October 14, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- San Francisco Examiner, "Must make suckers pay", June 24, 2010