Daily Sound ? MTD Break Down: Contract talks with Teamsters go nowhere, mediator called in

For the first time in more than a decade, contract talks between the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District and its 185 Teamsters workers have broken down, forcing a state mediator to intervene – and avert a potential strike.

Both sides are trying to avoid a strike, but Bill Elder, Secretary/Treasurer for Teamsters Local 186 said employees will “have no choice,” but to strike if a deal is not reached.

As is typical with contract negotiations, both sides are tight-lipped about the specifics of the disagreements