Delays expected for a second day as Metro navigates through contract negotiations

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2022 at 6:18 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Metro Transit suggested riders plan for potential delays amid contract negotiations.

Several delays were reported Thursday and more than 100 workers called out. They put the blame on contract negotiations that have been going on for months with a local union. Their contract expired on July 1, which means operators are having to work under their old contract.

The President and CEO of Metro Transit spoke with News 4 Thursday and said they believe workers deserve an increase, but within reason. “This is a tight labor market and we need to react and be sure that we’re supporting our employees, but of course, with that, we have to be fiscally responsible,” said Talby Roach.

On Thursday morning, Metro tweeted they expected organized action by their union partners that could have a negative impact on MetroBus service. Metro said bus routes could see up to a 30-minute delay.