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Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Strike Averted after Successful Contract Negotiations

The Phoenix Public Transit Department has been informed by First Transit, Inc., one of its contracted bus service providers, that it has reached an agreement today with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 on a new collective bargaining agreement. Collective bargaining agreements for the contract expired on June 30.  Since then, First Transit and the ATU, which represents bus operators, have been in ongoing negotiations.

By reaching this agreement, the two parties will ensure uninterrupted transit service during Super Bowl festivities. The new agreement is expected to be voted on by the ATU membership starting Sunday, Jan. 25.

“This happy ending is great news for the city of Phoenix, the Valley and the country,” said Mayor Greg Stanton, who encouraged that negotiations timetable be moved up. “With the Super Bowl coming, the eyes of the world are on us. This bus service also is incredibly important for working families. I personally was very passionate about an agreement being reached.”

First Transit operates 14 local bus routes, including some of the city’s most used routes such as Route 29-Thomas Road and Route 41-Indian School.  Service provided by First Transit is paid for through Transit 2000, the city’s 4/10 of a cent sales tax passed by Phoenix voters in 2000. 

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