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Valley Metro strike could affect your commute

Valley Metro strike could affect your commute
Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 15, 2015

You might need to find a new way to get around the Valley Wednesday morning.

We could be just hours away from a bus strike. Union leaders saying they are at an impasse with the company contracted by the city for metro buses.

According to the union, they've been negotiating since April but haven't been able to come to a compromise.

Metro bus drivers want the same benefits light rail workers have with American based Alternate Concepts Incorporated.

“We don't want to go out on strike, we want a contract that will take us into the Christmas season, the New Year and with everything that is coming into town," Transit Union President Bob Bean said.

Officials say workers could be off the job as early as midnight.

“The drivers, the operators will not wait forever as we continue to have an impasse on negotiations," said civil rights leader Rev. Jarrett Maupin.

Bus service is currently operating on its normal schedule. Bus riders can stay informed several ways, check for the status of possible service disruptions here or by calling Valley Metro Customer Service at 602-253-5000. Also follow @PhoenixMetroBus on Twitter.