GRTC union rejects contract, Talks to resume

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Union workers for Richmond's transportation system are headed back to the bargaining table. Last night the Amalgamated Transit Union's Local 1220 voted to reject the GRTC's contract offer. Union members have been working without a contract since October 1st. Contract talks broke down last week. 

Union leaders say they don't want to strike and are eager to get back to the bargaining table. The two sides will meet Thursday with a mediator to try and work out the differences.

Last night the Union rejected the contract by a roughly 2-1 ratio. GRTC Chief Executive Officer John Lewis has said the economy, lower ridership and cuts to state aid mean he can not offer raises this year.  Union Leaders say they are asking for a $305 uniform allowance and an increase in the wage rate for the company's lower paid drivers.

The top pay rate for a GRTC bus driver is $19.84 an hour. Some drivers make $11 an hour.

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