AC Transit union issues 72-hour strike notice

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers, have said they will strike as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday if a new contract deal is not reached, AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said.

AC Transit is reviewing the strike notice and will make a determination on what steps to take next, Johnson said.

The announcement follows a vote on Oct. 2 in which AC Transit employees rejected by a margin of 561 to 369 management's offer of a 9.5 percent pay increase over three years.

The employees' vote rejecting the contract marked the second time they voted down a tentative agreement. On Aug. 17, members voted by a margin of 576 to 257 against a tentative agreement that had been reached earlier that month.

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