Lying Media Bastards

September 7, 2005

Correct Change


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The San Francisco Municipal Railway (”Muni”) runs the city’s buses, trolleys and streetcars that folks use to get to and from work. Muni recently decided to cut some of their commuter lines, raise fares by 20%, and lay off some of their drivers.

In a unique move, the transit riders and the transit drivers have joined together to oppose these policies by organizing a “social strike”. Participating riders won’t pay the fares and participating drivers won’t charge. The commuters get to where they’re going, the drivers keep their jobs, and hopefully, the Muni management feels the pinch.

If you are in SF and want to participate, the strike organizers suggest the following

Riders: When you board MUNI, acknowledge the driver, and let them know that you are participating in the fare strike. Be polite, don’t antagonize or fight them. If you can’t board for free, consider paying a partial fare (a few nickels or dimes). If you can get a transfer, give it to another passenger when you get off the MUNI.

Drivers and Station Agents: you know the system best. Talk to other drivers about the strike. Help riders strike by refusing to collect.

Legal Support: If you have any legal difficulties, we have a legal team that can help: contact 415-285-1011 and make sure you leave your information. Someone will call you back and well help fight your ticket.

Good luck SF!

[update]

Report from Day One (September 1) of the fare strike

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Posted by Jake on September 7, 2005 11:18 pm

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