Bus strike averted: East Valley bus operator, union agree to continue labor negotiations

PHOENIX - The Valley Metro's East Valley operations will continue as scheduled through July 31, according to a news release.

The impending bus strike was averted due to the East Valley bus operator, First Transit, and their union, ATU 1433, agreeing to continue labor negotiations through midnight July 30.

"We're pleased that First Transit and the ATU have agreed to continue discussions and make progress on an agreement that supports operators and riders," Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 represents about 400 bus drivers.

A potential bus drivers' strike would have shut down nearly half of Valley Metro's routes primarily in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and into Phoenix and Scottsdale.

"It's good news that we avoided a strike and that riders will be able to get to work, school and medical appointments tomorrow," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who encouraged the negotiation, said.


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