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    Default Threat Of MV Trans. Bus Strike Looms

    Threat of bus driver strike looms

    Talk of striking
    A longtime Santa Clarita Transit driver, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, said drivers aren’t happy with the contract changes that MV Transportation has proposed.

    “They don’t want to give us 40 hours a week,” the driver said. “There’s no 401(k), no paid time off, no paid lunch hour.”

    The driver said scheduled negotiation meetings have been canceled and drivers are increasingly distressed.

    “I think it’s going to go (to a strike),” the driver said.

    Under the old contract, drivers earn anywhere from $10 to $18 an hour, depending on their seniority, have a 401(k) and employee-only medical, Teamsters business agent Jaime Villanueva said.

    MV’s union contract expired Aug. 4 and was extended through Aug. 23. Since then, MV and the union have been “negotiating on a day-by-day basis,” MV spokeswoman Nikki Frenney said in an e-mail to the Signal.

    They expect to nail down a new contract during a Sept. 21 meeting, Frenney said.

    “As far as what the Teamsters’ plans are for a strike, you will need to check with them,” Frenney wrote.

    Villanueva, who is working on the negotiations, said he was surprised to hear that the drivers were talking about striking.
    “Negotiations are going pretty good,” Villanueva said. “We’re hoping to have wrapped it up by as early as next week. ... We have not taken a strike vote. We are not talking about a strike.”More.....

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    In my Grandfather's Local

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    Default Re: Threat Of MV Trans. Bus Strike Looms

    No, I had not heard about that one, but my business agent here says we will strike if needed and only if needed next year.

 

 

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