GRTC and union come to a tentative agreement

By Curt Autry - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – GRTC and union bus drivers have reached a deal, apparently avoiding a strike.

After a daylong meeting, the two sides reached a tentative agreement on a new labor agreement. "The pact" must now be ratified by the rank & file of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1220.

The fight was originally over pay: bus drivers wanted a raise, but management said the money wasn't there. According to the GRTC president - this is a fair & equitable agreement.

"We're very pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement that will ensure operations will continue as normal from here on out," said John Lewis JR., CEO GRTC Transit System.

GRTC drivers rejected the company's last contract offer last month. The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1220 believes this deal will satisfy both sides.

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