Transit- Tentative deal reached to end 4-day strike by bus drivers in suburbs east of Phoenix – Washington Post

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Aug. 4, 2013

PHOENIX — Bus drivers in the suburbs east of Phoenix tentatively reached an agreement Sunday with a national bus company to end a four-day strike by the drivers.Bob Bean, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433, said the deal that the union struck with First Transit is a favorable agreement for the drivers and will let bus service resume in time for Monday morning’s commute. Bean declined to provide details of the agreement and said union members will have to ratify the agreement within the next week and a half.Nick Promponas, senior vice president for First Transit Inc., said in a statement that the company is confident that the three-year deal serves the interest of the union employees, people who ride the buses and the company.

“While we regret that a strike was not averted during the course of the negotiations, we appreciate that the Amalgamated Transit Union has shared our desire to resume transit service throughout the community as quickly as possible,” Promponas said.

Bean said picketing has now ended.The agreement was reached after a 32-hour negotiating session that was aimed at resolving the dispute between the 560 drivers and the company.Some 40 routes in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe were shut down when the work stoppage began Thursday. Express routes from those cities to Scottsdale and Phoenix were also affected.The routes serve some 57,000 riders daily, including many workers without cars who can’t walk miles to their jobs in the summertime heat.First Transit took over operations July 1 after winning a three-year contract from the Valley Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority with options for seven additional years in January.

via Tentative deal reached to end 4-day strike by bus drivers in suburbs east of Phoenix – Washington Post.

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