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AC Transit workers headed to arbitration

July 16, 2010 2:10:56 PM PDT
AC Transit service is still running, even though its employees are now headed into contract arbitration.

Friday, an Oakland Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the more than 1,700 employees in the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).

The ATU was in court Friday challenging a newly-adopted labor contract AC Transit imposed last month after both sides reached an impasse during negotiations. It was to go into effect Monday.

AC Transit is urging bus drivers to keep working and providing vital public services while they revisit contract negotiations.

The transit agency is trying to help close a budget gap by reducing labor costs through changes to work rules and benefits.


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