The president of the union representing central Ohio transit workers urged COTA to push up a meeting with transit workers on Wednesday.
The Transport Workers Union Local #208 filed an intent to strike on June 22, 10TV News reported. Union President Andrew Jordan said that a key issue centered around equal pay for equal work.
On Wednesday, Jordan said that if COTA chose to wait until the scheduled meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, there would not be enough time for union and COTA board members to approve changes before the strike deadline, which is 3 a.m. Monday.
Jordan said that if the meeting is held on Sunday, there would be a strong likelihood of at least a one-day strike.
"The federal mediator has scheduled a meeting for Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. COTA's negotiating team has agreed to the date and time,” COTA officials said in a statement. “If the federal mediator invites the parties to the table at another time, COTA's negotiating team will be there."
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