San Francisco files charge over transit sick-out


San Francisco’s city attorney has filed a charge of unfair labor practices against the union for the city’s transit drivers after they called in sick for a third day, stopping cable cars and reducing bus and light-rail service.

Dennis Herrera said Wednesday that the contract between Transport Workers Union Local 250-A and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency forbids strikes and work stoppages such as the sick-out. He has filed the charge with state labor officials, saying he hopes it will spur the union to do the right thing.

Union president Eric Williams has said the group has nothing to do with workers calling in sick. The sick-out began after drivers overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal Friday that union officials said would have resulted in a pay cut.

A person who answered the phone at the union’s office said Wednesday that everyone was in a meeting and couldn’t immediately comment.

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