SFFF Local 798
Labor Dispute Threatens Tech Shuttle Firm’s S.F. Permits
Posted On: Mar 24, 2016

Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, which operates buses for Zynga, Cisco and Electronic Arts, once again finds labor tensions threatening its business — two months ago the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee rejected its bid to transport workers and fans because of the threat of Teamster picketing.

That threat became a reality Tuesday morning, as roughly 100 Teamsters picketed Bauer shuttles at Eighth and Market streets as they picked up workers, purposefully causing a traffic jam in the process.

A few hours later, a cross-section of San Francisco supervisors introduced a resolution calling on the Municipal Transportation Agency to remove Bauer from the city’s commuter shuttle program because of its conflict with drivers over pay, benefits and unionization efforts. The resolution also notes the traffic disruptions caused by picketing.

The commuter shuttle program allows private bus companies to use the city’s Muni stops to pick up and drop off workers.

“We are sending a message to Bauer and their clients — Cisco, Zynga, Electronic Arts — that it’s time to get with the program and achieve labor harmony,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who authored the resolution.

“Virtually everybody else has done it, and it’s time for Bauer to do right by the tech bus drivers.”

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is often in conflict with Peskin, signed on as as a co-sponsor. Last year, Wiener authored a resolution requiring “labor harmony” for bus companies in the city’s corporate-shuttle program.

“When we passed the labor harmony resolution we meant it,” Wiener said. “These weren’t empty words.”

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