December 18, 2017 05:29 PM
Metro Transit drivers averted a potential strike during Super Bowl week when they voted overwhelmingly Monday to ratify the latest contract proposal from the Metropolitan Commission.
Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 voted in favor of the contract 82 percent to 18 percent after union leaders last week recommended to ratify.
The vote began Sunday and concluded Monday afternoon.
The Met Council's latest and best offer included a 2.5 percent wage rate increase each of the three years and improves partial sick leave.
However, a big concern from the union has been driver safety. Saying they face verbal and physical attacks at times, drivers have been calling for protective barriers.
Under the new proposal, a pilot program would begin in which 21 plexiglass-like barriers will be installed in buses starting by the end of the year.
Met Council officials said last week they believe the latest proposal was responsive and respectful, addressing driver safety, health benefits and wage increases.
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Updated: December 18, 2017 05:29 PM
Created: December 18, 2017 04:46 PM
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