Drivers voting on contract for some Phoenix routes
[Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Valley Metro Bus Driver Strike
Valley Metro bus drivers picket while on strike Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 in Mesa outside a bus operations and maintenance facility. The strike shut down service to some 57,000 riders daily in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe, as well as express routes from those cities to Phoenix and Scottsdale. The strike was a result of a labor dispute between the Amalgamated Transit Union and First Transit, a company that operates part of Valley Metro’s system. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 10:39 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Mon Dec 29, 2014.
Drivers voting on contract for some Phoenix routes Associated Press |
PHOENIX — Members of a union representing drivers on some Phoenix-area bus routes serving thousands of riders are voting on a proposed contract.
But Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433’s leaders are recommending rejection of First Transit Inc.’s offer that’s the subject of rank-and-file voting Monday and Tuesday, and rejection would authorize a possible strike.
Health insurance costs are an issue in the talks.
The contract covers 14 bus routes, including major crosstown ones on Thomas and Indian School roads.
Different contractors provide service on other bus routes in the metro area, so those routes and light rail service would continue to operate normally, though transfers and connections would be affected.
A four-day August strike shut down 40 routes in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe affecting some 57,000 daily riders.
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Posted in Local, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, News on Monday, December 29, 2014 10:39 am. Updated: 10:43 am.