Friday, October 24, 2008

Port Authority Imposes Contract for Transit Union

The Allegheny County Port Authority has voted to impose its final best contract offer on its drivers. CEO Steve Bland says that's allowed when talks reach an impasse. The contract is scheduled to take effect December first. It includes annual three percent wage increases, higher employee contributions to their health care plans, and no post-retirement health coverage for workers hired after next month.

The President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 is not happy about today's vote. Pat McMahon says talks have not been at an impasse. He's filed complaints with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. McMahon also disputes the legality of County Chief Executive Dan Onorato's decision to withhold funding from the Port Authority until it cuts costs. A continued hold on the funding could force the agency into bankruptcy by the end of the year.

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