RTA drivers announce strike date
DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT) - The Union representing drivers for RTA has turned in its notice to strike.
The strike is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on January 9th.
The Local ATU Union said it was planning to strike after the holidays out of respect for its riders. In a statement from RTA, CEO Mark Donaghy says "We are truly disappointed by the union's decision to strike which will leave thousands of our region's citizens unable to work or access medical and social needs."
The ATU Local 1385 Union consists of 466 members, which make up bus drivers and mechanics. According to RTA, its contract offered a 2 percent lump sum payment after its ratification, a two percent raise each year for the next three years and a 10.5 percent wage increase for those who operate Senior Project Mobility.
According to RTA, drivers make an average of $62,996 in 2015 and maintenance workers make an average of $69,190.
This is a developing story and will be updated.