ST. LOUIS -- Mass transit bus drivers, mechanics and clerical workers in the St. Louis area are taking the first steps toward a possible strike.
Voting began Monday and was continuing through Tuesday evening on a strike authorization vote for Metro workers. Even if a strike is authorized it wouldn’t be immediate. Management and Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Union are in mediation through the end of June.
Union leaders are concerned about proposals to change the pension, and they say union members have not had a raise since 2008.
Metro serves people in Missouri and Illinois. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri law appears to bar a strike. Illinois law does not, but since Metro is based in St. Louis, Missouri law would take precedent.