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.