Community leaders say ‘stop being selfish’

(WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Business and political leaders in the Miami Valley are speaking out Monday about the impact the transportation strike has on the area.

BARRYSATFF president Doug Barry, United Rehabilitative Services Executive Director Dennis Grant and State Representative Niraj Antani held a news conference Monday morning and explained how the strike by RTA workers is impacting the community.

Barry called on both sides to “stop being selfish” and resume talks without a strike.

Dennis Grant pointed out this impact this strike has on those with disabilities. Grant said not only do many of their clients rely on public transportation but employees as well. Grant said his organization serves more than 100 clients a day and the strike affects more than 60 of them, pointing out that is only one of many organizations in the area relying on the buses running on time.

State Representative Niraj Antani said, “there is no reason for them to not be in a room right now talking this out.” 

“The dispute between RTA and its union is being settled on the backs of hard-working Daytonians,” said Barry. “About half of our temporary staff relies on bus service. Production at the workplaces they faithfully report to each day could be crushed if this turns into a long-term disagreement.”

“This has gone on long enough,” said Antani. “This community will pay a heavy price if this strike is not resolved quickly.”

If you missed the news conference you can watch it here:

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