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Muni 'Sickout' Continues For Third Day With 70% Of Vehicles Running

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- Muni officials said about 440 out of 600 vehicles will be running Wednesday after some San Francisco Municipal Railway employees unhappy with contract negotiations continue to call out sick for a third straight day.

MTA officials are warning commuters of a third day of delays, but say it's an improvement from Monday and Tuesday.

All limited and express routes will be in operation, and Muni Metro rail lines will operate on their regular routes. Cable car service remains out Wednesday morning, but might resume in the afternoon, according to an agency spokesman.

On Tuesday, KCBS has learned that union leadership representing San Francisco Municipal Railway employees has advised all Muni drivers to go back to work.

The MTA is cracking down on those not showing up for work by requiring employees to provide a doctor's note in order to receive paid sick leave.

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Only half of 600 Muni vehicles were operating Tuesday morning, according to agency spokesman Paul Rose.

The agency added an additional 100 vehicles to the system but notified commuters to expect service disruptions.

SFMTA was advising customers to find alternative means of transportation and visit SFMTA's website to find out which rail lines and bus routes will not operate Tuesday. For real-time updates, customers can also follow Muni on Twitter.

Muni operators voted Friday on a proposed labor agreement. Officials with the employee union Transport Workers Union Local 250-A made no recommendation on the contract proposal, but it's clear they're unsatisfied with SFMTA's offer.

Its 2,200 operators represented by Transport Workers Union Local 250-A rejected the contract by a 1,198 to 42 vote Friday, according to totals on the union's website.

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