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San Francisco buses run again, sick claims eyed

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cable cars, light- rail trains and buses were running again on Thursday as transit officials in san Francisco sought confirmation from drivers involved in a three-day sickout that they were actually dealing with health issues.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was operating more than 90 percent of its normal weekday morning service, officials said. The agency serves about 700,000 passengers each day.

"We're certainly hoping the worst is behind us," Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

Transit operators called in sick in large numbers for three straight days starting Monday, reducing service and stalling the cable cars. The sickout came after workers rejected a contract proposal that union officials said would have resulted in a pay cut.

Transit officials have said workers who reported being sick must provide documentation proving the claim to get sick pay. If they don't, they could be subject to discipline, including termination.

The city on Wednesday filed an unfair labor practice charge against the drivers' union — Transport Workers Union Local 250-A — saying its contract forbids strikes and work stoppages.

"This is an unfortunate attempt by the union to get around a law and contract provisions they don't like," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

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