RTC Driver Contract Extended; Potential Strike Averted

By: Staff/Associated Press Email
By: Staff/Associated Press Email
Leaders of the union for transit workers in the Reno-area

photo courtesy RTC

MV Statement from 6/29/2014:

RIDE’s contractor, MV Transportation (MV), and the union that represents its drivers, dispatchers and mechanics (Teamsters Local 533) have been in contract discussions since May.

The existing labor agreement between MV and Local 533 expires on June 30th; however, MV has requested a 60 day extension of the current agreement while a new agreement is negotiated.

MV continues to bargain in good faith with the union, and is committed to working together with Local 533 to come to a long-term agreement acceptable to both parties. MV and Local 533 are scheduled to meet in July to continue discussions.

MV has not received any notification from Local 533 that they intend on striking, and we look forward to continued discussions over the coming weeks so as to achieve a successful resolution.

RIDE service is currently operating on schedule.

 

 

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Leaders of the union for transit workers in the Reno-area's bus system say they have at least temporarily averted a strike by agreeing to extend their current contract through the end of July while labor talks continue.

Teamsters Local 533 announced the move Monday, a day after union members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. The existing two-year contract was to expire at midnight Monday.

Local President Gary Watson says the current contract remains in place through July 31 under the agreement with MV Transportation, the Texas-based contractor managing the system.

Watson said Sunday's vote did not initiate a strike but that union leadership had been prepared to call a work stoppage at any time beginning July 1. He said too many issues remained unresolved to reach a deal Monday.


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