The union for RTA workers announces a timeline for strike

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The union for RTA workers announces a timeline for striking its employer.

The union president released a statement, saying the union decided to go on strike in the first part of January.

They voted not to strike in December, out of respect for riders and the holiday season.

The union wants healthcare costs to drop and to be able to pay for insurance out-of-pocket. The RTA president says he wants his workers to have a fair contract.

“I spend part of every day trying to reassure customers that we’ll do our best to avoid a strike. But at some point, when statements are made at city commission or elsewhere that we’re done, we’re gonna walk, it’s hard to deal with that kind of fear in the community,” said Mark Donaghy, CEO of the Regional Transit Authority.

“The decision to strike is the last tool option. The Union Members did request the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to enter into binding arbitration to avoid a strike and this offer has been rejected by Mark Donaghy CEO of RTA,” said Glenn Salyer in a written statement. “The union has not been permitted to speak to the RTA board members to resolve these issue in order to avoid a strike. Therefore the Amalgamated Transit Union has no other choice but to implement a strike in the first part of January 2017.”

“With our deepest concerns for the public, the RTA Management and the RTA board members has left us no other option,” Salyer said in the statement.

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