Orange County Transportation Authority bus strike expected Monday as union negotiations collapse
SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — A strike by Orange County Transportation Authority workers could begin early Monday, resulting in a suspension of bus service across the region.
Negotiations between OCTA management and the union representing mechanics and other maintenance workers broke down on Sunday, both sides said.
This means that a strike could start as soon as one minute after midnight.
Teamster Local 952 represents approximately 150 mechanics and other workers.
The two sides are trying to agree on issues such as wages, pension increases and adjustments to help reduce health care costs.
The authority still hopes to reach an agreement with the union on a contract similar to the one reached with the bus drivers in February.
“We are offering a similar contract for maintenance workers and hope to reach a resolution to avoid impacting bus service for those who depend on it,” said OCTA spokesperson Megan Abba.
Eric Jimenez of Teamsters Local 952 says the union would prefer not to walk away if it can be avoided, but must work out its issues in negotiations.
“Leaving the job does nothing for the union, its members or the company, but at the end of the day, if our main concerns and our main demands are not addressed by OCTA, then we will leave the job. at 12:01 p.m., possibly tonight, Jimenez said on Sunday.”
The current contract expired on September 30.
OCTA urges bus passengers to start looking for alternative travel arrangements.
Copyright © 2022 KABC Television, LLC. All rights reserved.