It’s back to the bargaining table today for Metro Transit and a union representing 2,200 employees.One week after bus drivers, train operators and others rejected a contract offer from Metro Transit, negotiators will sit down with a state mediator to see if they can reach a deal this time. About 98 percent of the workers said “no” to an offer that included a 2-year wage freeze and an increase in health insurance premiums. A union official said the rank-and-file simply couldn’t take a “double hit” and expressed hope a better deal could be reached this time.
If this second round fails to produce a settlement, the transit workers could schedule a strike. The last walkout, in 2004, lasted six weeks.