Union representing Dayton bus drivers authorizes strike

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The union representing Greater Dayton RTA bus drivers rejected management’s third contract proposal over the weekend and voted to authorize a strike.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2ffdKU4 ) the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 voted in favor of a work stoppage on Sunday.

By law, the union is required to provide 10 days’ notice of a forthcoming strike to the state Employment Relations Board. RTA management says it has not yet received notice.

It has been decades since the union went on strike or authorized taking such action.

ATU Local 1385 counts 461 members among its ranks — including approximately 260 bus drivers, more than 90 Project Mobility drivers and maintenance staff.

Union officials say sticking points are back pay, working conditions and proposed changes to health care plans.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com