Union: ‘We are not looking for a strike’

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 President Glenn Salyer spoke to news media about the possible strike announced last week. (WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Union workers made an offer to the RTA Tuesday in hopes of reaching a deal and avoiding a transit strike.

The announcement comes just days after the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1385 notified the public they were prepared to strike in the first of January if negotiations continue to fall apart.  The union has been working without a contract since May 2015.

For two years the union and RTA have been unable to come to an agreement and settle the ongoing contract dispute.  Some of the sticking points include back pay, working conditions and proposed changes to health insurance plans.

If you missed the news conference you can watch it in its entirety here:

To date RTA has offered drivers 3 different contract, but the workers have rejected all of them.

During a Tuesday press conference Union president Glenn Salyer said he thinks they’re close to reaching a deal and hopes the latest proposal sent to RTA will avoid a costly strike.

“We do not like to go on strike, we are not looking for a strike.  A strike hurts everyone.  It hurts our members, our members’ families.  It hurts the public and those that count on us every day 365 days a year,” Salyer said.

In a release sent on Friday, Salyer said the union voted not to strike in December out of respect for riders and the holiday season.

ATU Local 1385 now awaits a response from RTA.  No deadline or timeframe for when RTA representatives will need to respond by was given.


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