Transit workers split on arbitrator's proposals

News-DemocratAugust 14, 2013 

Metro transit workers on Tuesday voted to approve recommendations of an arbitrator on pay and pension benefits.

But they rejected a proposal on the issue of health insurance.

The vote was non-binding but was designed to give the bus drivers, train operators, mechanics and clerical workers from Amalgamated Transportation Union Local 788 and Metro leaders an idea of where the sides stood.

While union leaders said they were hopeful the results of the vote would help to hammer out a deal, Metro president and chief executive officer John Nations has maintained that concessions had to be made to workers' pension plans and other benefits to allow the transportation system to keep running without a tax hike.

Metro workers authorized a strike in June but it doesn't appear that a work stoppage is imminent. Metro leaders have said they believe a strike that would shut down the light rail and bus system would be illegal.

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