Friday, March 16, 2012

Phoenix Transit Strike Ends; Tempe Transit Union Still Voting

Phoenix buses are back on road

Tempe drivers vote on a contract Friday

Phoenix transit workers voted almost unanimously to end their six-day walkout Thursday and put their buses back on the road this morning.
The vote to accept a new five-year labor contract with Veolia Transportation Services put an end to a week of disruptions, inconvenience and missed work for the commuting public and came after the Phoenix City Council voted earlier in the day to relax the company's contract to give it financial breathing room.
Bus service for 31 Veolia-operated routes in Phoenix has ranged from 6 percent of normal levels to slightly over 30 percent since workers walked out at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Tens of thousands of Valley Metro bus passengers reported waiting at least an hour for rides to get to work, school and medical appointments. Some bus passengers had to take cabs, rent cars or seek rides from friends and neighbors to get around during the strike.



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