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RTA drivers' union announce strike to begin in early January

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DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT) - The president of the union that represents RTA drivers says members have voted to strike.

In a letter released this afternoon, Glenn Salyer says members want him to give written notice to the State of Ohio and the RTA, which is required by the state to strike. There is no set date yet as to when the strike will begin, however, union members say they will not strike during December out of respect for the riders and the holidays.

Salyer says the strike is "the last tool option. The Union Members did request the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to enter into binding arbitration to avoid a strike and this offer has been rejected by Mark Donaghy CEO of RTA." Salyer goes on to say that the union has not been permitted to speak with RTA board members to work to result those issues and avoid a strike. He says as a result, the Local ATU 1385 has no choice but to strike in the beginning of January, 2017.

Earlier this week, RTA CEO Mark Donaghy told FOX 45 he was doubtful a deal would be reached soon. "Now they seem to be wanting to add new demands that weren't on the table six months to a year ago," he said.

RTA released a statement earlier in the day Friday, responding to what it says are false claims by the union.

Read the full statement here:

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