Muni workers rally against city budget cuts

January 20, 2010 7:42:56 PM PST
San Francisco faces $45 million in mid-term spending cuts proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom. The Board of Supervisors is trying to figure out what to trim.

Outside City Hall on Wednesday morning, the union representing many Muni workers rallied against budget cuts targeting them. The transit agency is fighting a $17 million mid-year budget deficit and the layoff of at least 60 employees, most of them blue collar.

"The MTA has decided it would rather have more people on the 7th floor rather than functioning throughout the city, such as car cleaners, station agents, custodians," said Muni employee James Bryant.

Public health is also facing major cuts, including the elimination of the city's trauma recovery center.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposed cuts next Tuesday.