DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The union representing RTA drivers and mechanics have filed paperwork announcing their intent to strike.
The ATU Local 1385 has been working without a contract since 2015 and negotiations with the Greater Dayton Transit Authority have been contentious.
RTA released a statement of their own Wednesday afternoon. In it, RTA said the announcement of the intent to strike “effectively bringing public transportation to a halt.”
“We are truly disappointed by the union’s decision to strike which will leave thousands of our region’s citizens unable to travel to work or access medical and social needs,” RTA CEO Mark Donaghy said.
Union leaders threatened to strike in early December but negotiations continued.
Wednesday, the transit union filed the necessary paperwork to allow them to move forward with a strike that could begin January 9.
Contract offers have been made by both sides, the latest coming just days before Christmas from the RTA.
Glenn Salyer, president of the union told 2 NEWS Wednesday his members have had “enough.”
“I do apologize to our riders 18:41:41 We have people who have ridden with us for years. We have taken this at a great length before we actually made the decision to strike,” Salyer said.