No deal; RTA union workers go on strike

RTA and union reach agreement to end strike

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Members of the RTA drivers and mechanics union are on strike.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 leaders say no agreement was reached after a late night negotiation at City Hall.

Both sides were in a closed-door meeting until after 12:30 Monday morning.

According to State Representative Niraj Antani ,Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley asked all parties to meet one more and try to reach an agreement.

That meeting came after both parties couldn’t reach an agreement after meeting for more than seven hours Sunday morning.

Union workers are upset over wages and healthcare costs, while RTA officials say they’ve put an offer on the table that the union is refusing to accept.

Mayor Whaley released the following statement Sunday night:

“We are very disappointed that an agreement has not been reached among management and union officials.   For this reason, the Dayton City Commission invited both RTA leadership and union officials to our offices for further discussions.  The entire City Commission welcomed both parties including State Representative Niraj Antani at 8:00 PM at City Hall.  Ongoing discussions are currently underway.”

“Clearly, a strike would be devastating to the Dayton community and leave thousands of our citizens unable to get to school, work, doctor’s appointments, or the grocery store.  We are urging both sides to find a solution to prevent this strike from occurring.”

Thousands of RTA customers like Jeffrey Werner of Riverside, are hoping a resolution is made soon so a strike can be avoided.

“It’s just a disappointing day for me.people who have jobs, people that have school and I wish everybody the best of luck and hope you don’t lose your job,” he said.

RTA officials say nearly 200 employees who are non-union will report to work on Monday. The union represents 400 RTA workers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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