You may have questions about the Muni operator’s collective bargaining agreement. Here is more information about the recommended mediated settlement initially agreed to through the mediation process by both the SFMTA and TWU-250A, the Muni operator’s union.
1) Will Muni operators receive a wage increase?
Over the next two years, Muni operators could make over $32.00 per hour, which would make them the second highest paid transit operators in the nation. Effective July 1, 2014, this new wage includes a 5.05% increase to their base salary to offset the cost of employee’s paying their own pension contributions, plus a 3.0% cost of living increase. Both increases would take effect on July 1, 2014. In addition, as of July 1, 2015, Muni operators would receive a second cost of living increase of between 2.25% and 3.25%, depending on inflation.*
* Consumer Product Index (Urban) – February 2014 to February 2015
2) How does the “pension swap” work?
Beginning in July 1, 2014, Muni operators will pay 7.5% of their wages as their employee contribution to their pension benefit. Muni operators will receive a pay increase to their base salary to help offset the cost of the employee contribution to the citywide retirement pension. The SFMTA will continue to pay the employer share of the retirement contribution at an effective rate of approximately 21%. With this agreement, Muni operators will begin paying the 7.5% pension contribution that all other city employees pay.
3) Will Muni Operators receive health care benefits?
Muni Operators will receive comprehensive citywide health care coverage for themselves and their families based on the following formula.
4) What happens if the SFMTA and Muni operators cannot come to agreement by June 15, 2014?
June 15 is the last day a new contract can be made public in advance of going before the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval. If a mediated or arbitrated agreement is not made public by June 15, wage increase for Muni operators cannot be approved for fiscal year 2014-2015 . This means that the salary, health and retirement benefits of the current contract will remain in effect, and the SFMTA would not be able to grant Muni operators a pay increase as of July 1, 2014.
5) How do Muni operator wages compare with other transit operators?
Currently, Muni operators are the seventh highest paid transit operators in the nation. If this agreement is accepted, they would become the second highest paid in the nation at over $32.00 per hour. Most other transit operators at comparative transit agencies contribute a portion of their earnings to their retirement pension.
6) What is the process to negotiate with Muni operators?