Transit workers ratify contract

December 10, 2008 - Comments Off on Transit workers ratify contract

Union: A firm ‘yes’,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 8.

Port Authority union workers overwhelmingly ratified a four-year contract yesterday, pushing a long and bitter labor dispute one giant step closer to resolution.

Details of transit deal revealed

December 3, 2008 - Comments Off on Details of transit deal revealed

In new pact, transit workers get four yearly raises,” Post-Gazette, Dec. 3.

Port Authority bus-trolley operators would receive four wage increases within 37 months under terms of a proposed contract to be put to a union ratification vote Sunday.

Editorial: Transit agreement must be sustainable

December 2, 2008 - Comments Off on Editorial: Transit agreement must be sustainable

Transit crossing: The tentative deal must sustain the Port Authority.” Post-Gazette, Nov. 27

After a strike loomed over Pittsburgh for four months when both sides failed to agree on a new contract for Port Authority workers, a tentative settlement was reached Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with the aid of the AFL-CIO and top union leaders…

As everyone learns more about the accord, let’s be mindful that the best deal is not one that merely keeps the buses rolling. It must do that and give the transit system reasonable terms for securing its future. For that, all of Pittsburgh would give thanks.

PA Labor Relations Board petitioned

November 21, 2008 - Comments Off on PA Labor Relations Board petitioned

Citizens group seeks ‘cooling off period’ in transit dispute,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 21.

A citizens advisory group to the Port Authority board of directors has petitioned the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to intervene in the current contract dispute with Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union.

It wants the PLRB to order a 60-day “cooling off period” during which time neither party could engage in a work stoppage.

Community urges compromise

November 19, 2008 - Comments Off on Community urges compromise

Groups press Port Authority, union to settle contract,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 19.

Dozens of business and community groups today urged the Port Authority and its drivers’ union leaders to work for “a responsible settlement” in the current labor dispute that threatens to disrupt service Dec. 1.

Specifically, they suggested that a fact finder’s report issued in August become the basis for a new contract with Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union, because it represents “a workable compromise.”

Possible transit scenarios explained

November 17, 2008 - Comments Off on Possible transit scenarios explained

Anatomy of a Port Authority labor situation,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 16.

Dec. 1 has become D-Day for the Port Authority and its bus-trolley riders.

That’s when a labor contract adopted by the authority board is to be imposed upon Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union, covering 2,200 bus-trolley workers and an associated bargaining unit covering about 100 first-level supervisors.

Date, likelihood of ATU job action uncertain

November 12, 2008 - Comments Off on Date, likelihood of ATU job action uncertain

Port Authority drivers to meet Nov. 23 on contract,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 12.

The union representing Port Authority bus and trolley workers has scheduled a membership meeting for Nov. 23 to discuss options in the current labor dispute, including authorizing a strike shortly thereafter.

There has been no word when — or even if, union leaders maintain — such a job action will take place by Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents 2,300 operators, mechanics, other hourly personnel and first-level supervisors who make up a separate bargaining unit.

Walkout vote set

November 12, 2008 - Comments Off on Walkout vote set

Drivers set Nov. 23 vote on walkout,” Tribune-Review, Nov. 12

Port Authority of Allegheny County drivers could decide before Thanksgiving whether to walk off the job, but an actual shutdown wouldn’t happen right away.

The 2,200-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 tentatively plans to vote Nov. 23 on whether to stop working to protest a contract the authority forced on its members in an attempt to resolve stalled negotiations.

Imposed contract will likely lead to work stoppage

November 12, 2008 - Comments Off on Imposed contract will likely lead to work stoppage

Union says ‘work stoppage’ likely if Port Authority imposes contract,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 5.

The union representing bus and trolley operators says a “work stoppage” is likely if the Port Authority imposes a contract of its own making Dec. 1 as planned.

If members of Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union, go on strike or are locked out, public transit will be halted for people who account for 230,000 rides a day.

Transit union calls for strike vote

November 4, 2008 - Comments Off on Transit union calls for strike vote

Bus drivers talk Dec. 1 strike if contract imposed,” Post-Gazette, Nov. 4.

If the Port Authority imposes a new contract Dec. 1 as planned on employees who operate the bus-trolley system, union leaders said today its 2,300 members likely will go on strike.

“(A strike is) something that they have at their disposal if the union leadership has such a blatant and callous disregard for customers,” Port Authority CEO Steve Bland said. “I’m not sure you turn down an offer when you’re making $24.25 an hour and continue to have some of the best health insurance and post-retirement benefits, so it boggles my mind that they would consider such a severe disruption to service to the community. If they do, it’s on their heads.”