Orange County Transportation Authority bus strike anticipated Monday as union talks collapse


SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — A strike by staff with the Orange County Transportation Authority might begin early Monday, resulting in a suspension of bus service all through the area.

Negotiations between OCTA administration and the union representing mechanics and different upkeep staff broke down Sunday, each side stated.

Which means a strike might start as early as one minute after midnight.

Teamster Native 952 represents about 150 mechanics and different staff.

The 2 sides are attempting to return to phrases on points together with wages, pension will increase and changes to assist decrease healthcare prices.

The authority nonetheless hopes to achieve settlement with the union on a contract just like one reached with bus drivers in February.

“We’re providing an analogous contract for the upkeep workers and we hope to return to a decision to keep away from impacting bus service for individuals who depend on it,” stated Megan Abba, spokesperson for the OCTA.

Eric Jimenez with Teamsters Native 952 says the union would relatively not stroll off the job if it may be prevented, but it surely must have its points addressed within the negotiations.

“Strolling off the job would not do something for the union, its members or the corporate however when it comes right down to it, if our main considerations and our main asks aren’t addressed by OCTA, then we might be strolling off the job at 12:01, probably, tonight, Jimenez stated Sunday.”

The present contract expired on Sept. 30.

OCTA is urging bus passengers to start out in search of different journey preparations.

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