RTA addresses operations following strike by union

RTA CEO Mark Donaghy addresses the media on the first day of the ATU local 1385 strike. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority spoke publicly for the first time since the Amalgamated Transit Union local 1385 walked off the job at 12:01 Monday morning.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority CEO Mark Donaghy said RTA is willing to return to the bargaining table any time but the mediator has to schedule it. Donaghy said he hoped that would happen in the coming days.

Donaghy also thanked the union members who worked past the deadline to finish their routes and bring the buses back to the garage.

RTA operated what they call medically necessary project mobility services Monday, though Donaghy admitted it was about half of the service they provide for Project Mobility.

There are about two dozen buses running for Project Mobility and they will remain out until about midnight.

The ATU members walked off the job after the RTA was unable to reach an agreement with the union for a new contract. Representatives from both sides met with a mediator Sunday but no deal was reached.

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