Light rail strike averted ; union and contractors agree to discuss in 2013

PHOENIX - Valley Metro announced Friday afternoon that a light rail strike has been averted.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 and light rail operations contractor, Alternate Concepts, Inc. have all agreed to labor negotiations, which will keep the light rail operators working under current conditions.

The light rail strike would have started at the beginning of the year, which would have disrupted service for thousands of riders.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement, "I'm pleased that these discussions will continue because it's critical that our light rail system keeps running and that service is provided across the region."

Friday's agreement will continue the terms of the Collective bargaining Agreement, until a new one can be reached in 2013.


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