North County Transit District announces 5-year agreement between drivers, First Transit District
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 4/28/2016 — The North County Transit District announced a five-year agreement between bus drivers and First Transit District. A "tentative agreement" was previously in place that averted a looming work stoppage.
"We are very pleased that the Breeze bus operators ratified the agreement," NCTD Executive Director Matthew Tucker said. "The Breeze bus operators are not just drivers, they are our ambassadors for both customers and the general public."
It would have taken up to 14 days for NCTD to fully restore service if a strike had occurred.
4/21/2016 — First Transit has reached a "tentative agreement" with Union sector Teamsters Local 542 to avoid a service disruption for the North County Transit District BREEZE, LIFT and FLEX bus systems, First Transit announced in a press release. Negotiations between the sides were centered around the contract bus service operators NCTD employed. NCTD had been advised that a work stoppage by the Union drivers was imminent, but the ongoing conversations may have brought a resolution before matters worsened.
A vote is expected to take place early next week.
“First Transit is pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with Teamsters Local 542 for a new three-year agreement. We understand that Local 542 will present the agreement to its members on Tuesday, April 26 or Wednesday, April 27," the press release read.
NCTD was preparing the public to find alternate methods for transportation with a potential strike looming. First Transit is obligated to provide replacement services should a stoppage occur, but there is a 7-to-14 day mobilization period before service can be restored. Full details of the agreement have not been disclosed.