The employees will be paying more toward healthcare costs as part of the new contract. If Metro follows past patterns, next year’s budget could include fare increases in addition to any potential additional local tax dollars.
Metro’s largest union suggested Wednesday that there will not be a strike this week as it outlined its demands for the first time since Sunday’s strike authorization vote.
As Metro’s largest union threatens a strike, an arbitration ruling is expected any day on a new contract for the approximately 9,000 workers that may trump new restrictions on the growth of Metro’s budget.
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 president issued the threat Friday, after two other labor actions where a significant number of workers showed up to work well after the starts of their shifts.
Metro’s largest union dropped its appeal of a federal court ruling that ordered new union elections. That means new elections will be held sooner than the planned November 2018 election.
Some Metrobus drivers are refusing to get behind the wheel after they say their requests for increased safety measures have been ignored in the wake of a urine-throwing incident.
Metro Board voted Thursday to raise fares this summer for the first time in three years while cutting rush-hour schedules and service hours.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 is asking a judge to deny a Labor Department effort to force new elections, while acknowledging rules were “not followed to the letter.”
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