No Metro strike yet; union tells workers to report to work

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 8:29 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Union leaders say rumors of an employee walkout affecting Metro bus and train service this week are unfounded.

Mike Breihan, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788, said he instructed employees to report to work as normal.

The union is asking for better wages and retirement benefits for its workers.

"You report on Monday as normal, do your job what we're supposed to do - pick up the passengers, get them to where they are going," Breihan said. "What I am saying right now is that passengers will have a ride to work tomorrow."

But Metro's president, John Nation, said a "significant" number of passengers had reported overhearing drivers talk about a strike on July 1.

Union contract negotiations remain in mediation. A union spokesperson said the Local 788 won’t make a decision on a strike until the conclusion of mediation, which he said could be any day.

Breihan said if workers do walk out, Metro will be required to post a 10-day notice in the newspaper. He said the earliest a strike could begin would be the middle of July.

Last year, an estimated 45 million people rode Metro buses and 17 million rode trains.

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