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AC Transit bus drivers’ contract dispute moves to court

By dcuff
Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 8:34 am in Uncategorized.

The latest labor dispute over cost cutting in the public transit industry moves to a court in Oakland today when a judge hears arguments for and against a request by the AC Transit bus drivers’ union to turn their beef over to an arbitrator. Drivers and mechanics are unhappy that the AC Transit Board voted June 30 to unilaterally impose new contract provisions upon workers that change work rules and require co-pays for medical insurance.

The rules are scheduled to take effect Sunday.

Attorneys for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 and the transit district are scheduled to square off this morning sometime after 9 a.m before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch in court department  31. The location is the U.S. Post Office Building, 201 13th St. (between Alice and Jackson streets), Oakland.Click here for an AC Transit management press release that suggests workers may opt to strike if they lose their case. Up to now, union leaders have said  they don’t plan to strike and they have criticized management for talking about the strike option

The court case over arbitration could take a long time to resolve. No decision is expected  today from the judge, whose ruling could be appealed.


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