Union Workers Reject Tentative Agreement With COTA, Will Strike On Tuesday

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The union representing COTA drivers and mechanics rejected a tentative agreement that would have ended a daylong strike on Tuesday night.

The Transport Workers Union Local #208 voted 270-238 to reject a tentative proposal from COTA, which included a 7-percent wage increase over a three-year contract period.

The agreement also included a 2-percent reduction in the amount COTA has been contributing to employees’ Public Employees Retirement System accounts, according to COTA.

According to a COTA release, because of the strike, there was no fixed-route bus service on Monday. Paratransit services, including Mainstream, Will Call and non-ASA trips, were not affected by the strike.

The decision leaves nearly 25,000 public transit customers without transportation.

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