Potential strike looms over Valley Metro

PHOENIX - The threat of a strike looms over public transportation in the Valley.

In a memo obtained by ABC15 over the weekend, Interim Public Transit Director Neal Young warned the Mayor and council members of a possible strike in February.

ABC15 has learned the union members are already taking steps to get portable toilets and barbeque grills ready for the picket line.

Threats of a strike have loomed for the past two years as contentious contract negotiations broke down before reaching last minute agreements.

There are five points that remain in dispute:

- Vacation and sick leave accruals and payouts

- Choice of health insurance plan

- Bus operator wage increases over the term of the agreement

- Length of the agreement term

- Hiring of part-time employees

Stay with ABC15 to learn about any work stoppage before it happens.

In the meantime, there are new bus routes that begin Monday.

Route 251 will offer service from the Park and Ride station at 27th Avenue and Baseline Road to Vee Quiva Casino at 51st Avenue.

Route 563 is also new.

It's known as the Buckeye Express with service from Jackrabbit Trail and Palm Lane to Central Phoenix while making a stop at the Park & Ride in Goodyear.

The RAPID SR 51 route will not longer stop at Paradise Valley Mall.

Also, Route 35 will end at 27th Avenue and Baseline Road and will no longer pull into Cesar Chavez High School.

For a complete list of route changes, click here .

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