Twin Cities Bus Drivers Vote On Another Contract Offer

By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A contract covering 2,200 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union expired last July and the rank-and-file have twice rejected offers that included wage freezes and higher payments for health insurance.

Since then a new administration and Met Council chairwoman have taken over — a change noted by Local 1005 President Michelle Sommers.

“I think there’s a new feeling of wanting to respect the employees, which I think is very important,” said Sommers. “Having Governor Dayton or a new Met Council doesn’t change the financial situation of the state. But I think it can change the attitude towards the employees.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

Sommers says there are “some changes” in the health care offer this time around.

Union members will hear details of the latest offer at a meeting in St Paul on Sunday and voting will take place both Sunday and Monday.

Bus drivers haven’t been on strike since 2004, when they walked out for six weeks.


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