The Union representing Metro workers voted Sunday to authorize its leaders to launch a strike as soon as this week. While it’s unclear whether workers will indeed strike, Metro on Monday said “dialogue is ongoing” between its management and union officials, and that it “does not want customers to suffer from additional service interruptions.
Here is Metro’s full statement in response to the strike authorization vote from ATU Local 689:
“This year, the region gave Metro dedicated funding to repair and rebuild its system with a mandate to slow cost growth for operating buses and trains. Since 2010, the region’s share of costs for bus and rail operations has grown about 8 percent a year at a time when revenues have been flat. Add to this the $2.8 billion in unfunded pension and health benefits for future retirees, and the Authority’s financial structure is not sustainable.
The General Manager’s approach is two-fold: increase revenue through better service while reducing cost growth by operating more efficiently. The plan would protect current employees, preserving their jobs and their pensions.
The Authority does not want customers to suffer from additional service interruptions. Dialogue is ongoing between Management and Union officials to identify common ground on these matters, while keeping Metro safe, reliable and affordable for the region.”