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Muni contract vote delayed until next week

A vote by union members scheduled for Monday morning to approve a tentative labor contract agreement between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A is rescheduled for July 14.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said Monday afternoon that the transit agency needed to clarify a part of the tentative agreement with union officials:

“We needed to clarify an aspect of the tentative agreement and have reached resolution. We are optimistic about the vote that will take place on Monday, July 14.”

Rose said he would not comment further on the details of what needed clarification until union leaders have a chance to communicate the information to its members:

“We are not going to comment on those details until the union communicates the information to their membership.”

Local 250-A officials have scheduled a meeting with its members on Tuesday night, according to a post on their website. The announcement of the cancelled Monday vote was also posted on the union’s website last week.

The new tentative labor contract announced by the transit agency on June 30 — with the help of former Mayor Willie Brown — includes a 9.5 percent wage increase for Muni operators to cover a 7.5 percent pension payment and a 4.75 percent cost of living increase.

The SFMTA board of directors had planned to vote on the labor contract agreement at its July 15 meeting had union members voted to ratify the contract on Monday. It’s unclear yet whether the board will stick to the with July 15 date.

The contract terms would be retroactive to July 1 regardless when the board approves the contract, said Rose.

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