Transport Workers Union Local 200

Seventeen Targeted Layoffs pdf file

Member Alert posted 6/21/2004

More on Service Cuts

Seven Million Dollar Questions

On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 the MTA Board of Directors voted to give the Executive
Director Michael Burns the authority to make "technical adjustments": What service to cut
& who to layoff.  Directors Breyer-Black and McCray opposed the resolution.  Directors
Kasolas, Mezey, Din, and Chair Vaughns voted for the resolution.

On Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee Meeting,
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval questioned MTA Executive Director Michael Burns about the
decision process that led to seven million dollars in service "adjustments & efficiencies"
and over 100 employee layoffs.  Supervisor Sandoval has proposed a Charter
Amendment to improve oversight of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

More info on Charter Amendment

At the same meeting, Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a motion to reject the MTA budget.

Text of the motion by Supervisor Daly

Tell the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee Members How You Feel About Service
Cuts & Layoffs.

Chris Daly
District 6
(415) 554-7970

Matt Gonzalez
District 5
(415) 554-7630

Jake McGoldrick
District 1
(415) 554-7410

Aaron Peskin
District 3
(415) 554-7450

Gerardo Sandoval
District 11
(415) 554-6975

Contact the Clerk of the Budget Committee,
Deborah Muccino (415) 554-4447

Transport Workers Union Local 200
San Francisco, CA 94115

Seventeen Targeted Layoffs
The MTA's Numbers Don't Add Up

FY 2004, FY 2005, & Actual Current Employees Compared

From FY 2004 to FY 2005 the Annual Salary Ordinance shows a reduction in MTA budgeted Local
200 positions from 300.50 to 287.86 or a four (4) per cent budgeted position reduction.  The agenda
for the MTA meeting on June 15, 2004, increases the number of budgeted Local 200 positions to

However the actual number of employees currently in these classes is 255.  

On June 1, 2004, the MTA issued layoff notices to ten (10) employees represented by Local 200.   
But then, on June 11, 2004, MTA issued seven (7) additional layoff notices to Local 200 employees,
for a total of seventeen (17) employees.  That's right: On the day after the MTA publicly increases
the number of budgeted positions, MORE employees get sent layoff notices. If these layoffs go into
effect, the actual number of employees in these classes will be 238 or nineteen (19) per cent less
than the number of FY 2005 budgeted positions.  That's 55.86 positions that are budgeted, but not
funded.  And, it's a twenty-one (21) per cent reduction from the FY 2004 Annual Salary Ordinance
(ASO) budgeted positions.

In the 9139 Transit Supervisor class alone, the June 1, 2004 layoffs will reduce staffing to 179
Transit Supervisors, 77% of FY 2004 ASO budgeted positions or 80% of FY 2005 ASO budgeted
positions.  The MTA Budget Analyst has indicated that the “optimal staffing level” in this class to
achieve an “efficient” use of overtime is approximately 214 employees.    179 Transit Supervisors
equates to the staffing level when Frank Jordan was mayor--a staffing level that is guaranteed to
mean lousy service for Muni riders and more stress for Muni employees.

Affect on Prop E Service Standards

34 of the 194 incumbent 9139s were promoted to the supervisor class in 1984 or earlier and Local
200 anticipates that retirements in the 9139 class will further negatively affect the ability of the MTA
to maintain the current level of Prop E service standard performance (71.5% vs target 85%).
At the December 22, 2003, MTA meeting when Muni on-time performance for the 1st quarter of FY
2004 dropped to 67.3%, General Manager Fred Stephens stated “Muni is taking steps to address this
problem including increased monitoring by street inspectors.”  In practice this resulted in shifts filled
with overtime.


1.        Spread Sheet comparing Annual Salary Ordinance Budgeted Positions with Actual Positions
2.        CCSF Annual Salary Ordinance (195-03) Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2004
3.        CCSF Interim Annual Salary Ordinance Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2005 (dated 5/28/2004)
4.        FY 2004 1st Quarter Service Standards (1a: on time performance)
5.        FY 2004 2nd Quarter Service Standards (1a: on time performance)
6.        Sworn Testimony of the Muni Budget Director on Unfunded Positions