Some DMV workers extend their furlough in SF Sickout

Some DMV workers extend their furlough

Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross

Wednesday, August 25, 2010





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We’ve all heard of Furlough Fridays – well, at the San Francisco office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, they had a “Missing Monday” when nearly two-thirds of the staffers didn’t show up.

In all, 20 of the 34 staffers at the Fell Street DMV office who had been forced to take Friday off without pay took Monday off as well.

DMV spokesman Armando Botello said the department had to bring in workers from other jurisdictions to help out with the “higher than usual absences.”

Naj Alikhan of the Service Employees International Union, which represents the workers, said he hadn’t heard of any sick-out call.

Even if he had, Alikhan said, he wouldn’t be able to comment “because nothing like that would be union-sanctioned.”

Whatever the case, the customer line snaked around the building. One unfortunate woman, Maria Tiell, said she stood in line twice, for a total of five hours, before finally being able to take her driver’s license renewal exam.

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