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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Dozens of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operators are facing the possibility of being fired for their failure to obtain valid driver’s licenses.

Management has found it difficult in the past to fire operators because of a progressive disciplinary process that takes months to complete.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

But with Muni’s new contract, the process has been streamlined, that according to Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose.

“At this point, they’re not being paid. They’re receiving benefits. But they’re not operating vehicles and are waiting to get their license back in service,” said Rose. “At this point, our best thing is to go along with the contract and separate these operators from the MTA if they don’t have their license in place after a certain amount of time.”

Rose said they may begin to hand out pink slips to unlicensed drivers in the next few weeks.

A spokesman for the Transport Workers Union, which represents the operators, said it will defend drivers who are being treated unfairly, especially if there are medical issues involved.

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