Yesterday’s Newsday featured a story on The Para Transit Drivers and Mechanics of the Amalgamated Transit Union. The story was about the union’s desire to return to the bargaining table to avoid a strike that would start next Monday. Here is the brief article courtesy of Newsday:
NEW YORK – A union representing 1,500 drivers for the disabled and chronically ill is calling for a return to the bargaining table to avoid a strike as early as next week.
The Para Transit Drivers and Mechanics of the Amalgamated Transit Union rejected a contract offer in the fall. Since then, the union says, management has turned down requests to resume talks, leading to a strike authorization vote.
The union said it would walk out on Monday if new talks are not scheduled.
The dispute is over wages and benefits between the drivers and four companies that contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The MTA is not involved in the negotiations but is monitoring the situation. Spokesman Jeremy Soffin said alternatives will be offered if a strike does occur.
The drivers provide service to thousands of elderly, disabled and chronically ill, ferrying them around to doctor’s offices and grocers.
“They have made no indication when they’re returning to the table,” said International Union vice president Tommy Mullins.
Lets hope that all parties return to the bargaining table as a strike would hurt the riders who depend on this vital service!
xoxo Transit Blogger