Dec 16, 2015

S.O.R.T.A. Board, Union Employees Approve New Three-Year Labor Contract

On Monday, Dec. 14, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 membership voted to approve a labor contract with Metro (243 to 64), effective Nov. 1, 2015-Oct. 31, 2018.

CINCINNATI -- On Monday, Dec. 14, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 membership voted to approve a labor contract with Metro (243 to 64), effective Nov. 1, 2015-Oct. 31, 2018. The current contract expired at midnight on Oct. 31, 2015.

Today, the new contract was unanimously approved by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board.

Small buses would be operated by current Metro bus operators at the same wage scale as other operators.

Employees will be refunded the increases in health insurance that they paid beginning in December under the terms of the previous contract.

Approximately 700 Metro bus drivers, mechanics, and operations support employees will be covered by this new contract, which establishes wages, benefits and work rules. Major terms of the contract include:

Wages:

Medical insurance (two Humana plan options):

Wellness incentives:

Other items:

Balancing costs with employees' needs was the key to forging this mutually beneficial contract, according to Metro CEO & General Manager Dwight Ferrell. "Our goal was to provide a fair, competitive and fiscally responsible package for our bargaining unit employees."

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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