District Embraces Labor Talks
Union Labor Update/ Status Report
In an effort to promote labor harmony and prevent service delays, AC Transit’s Board of Directors and management have been committed to the labor negotiation process ever since it began more than three months ago with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, the bargaining unit for 1,625 operators and mechanics. The District fortified this commitment by requesting the assistance of a state mediator to help bring about a speedy contract resolution that is fair to both sides and especially considerate of the many riders who rely heavily on public bus service.
With all of this in mind, the District has proposed no pay cuts for ATU employees. Actually, ATU members will receive an increase in pay on July 1st when their 3% contribution to their health coverage plan expires with the current contract on June 30th .
In addition, the District’s contribution to the ATU retiree medical trust is scheduled to increase by 45¢ per hour, a provision that will add more than $6 million to the District’s labor costs next year when coupled with other employee wage enhancements.
The District also is offering a modest wage increase for ATU employees that is tied to improvements in key areas and cost savings associated with current work rules and practices that will help the District become more efficient and sustainable.
Lastly, the District has proposed that ATU employees contribute toward their monthly health insurance premiums just as all other employees, executives, officers and the Board do. But under no circumstances do any of the District’s proposals risk the health and safety of employees for the sake of improving District finances or sustaining bus service.
The AC Transit Board of Directors, through its negotiating team, have entered into these labor bargaining conferences with ernest and sincerity, offering competitive salaries, amenable work conditions, and a willingness to consider reasonable union proposals.