PHOENIX - Valley Metro Light Rail may be facing a strike as soon as New Year's Eve because of disagreements in work practices among unions and rail operations companies.
According to a formal letter sent by the Amalgamated Transit Union in Phoenix, the METRO Board of Directors has been notified of a potential strike on New Year's Eve that also urges them to get involved in the conflict.
The ATU said they "have concerns regarding the working conditions of workers who operate light rail vehicles."
The letter said the workers are under stress and don't have designated time to use the restroom.
"Strange antics of these employee representatives have unfortunately resulted in the current situation," the letter read, continuing on to state that ATU won't "tolerate (their) workers to be continually abused at the hands of the employer."
The letter also noted that bargaining and proposals have been made since May, though no progress or change needed has yet occurred.
The strike was 100 percent authorized, according to the letter, which could strand all light rail users on the New Year's holiday night.
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