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Bus Strike Prevented: Teamsters accept Sun Tran contract

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Bus Strike Prevented: Teamsters accept Sun Tran contract

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Aug 7, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 7, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Teamsters Local 104 has approved a one-year contact extension with Sun Tran to avoid a strike. 

Teamsters spokesperson Andy Marshall told Nine on Your Side that 81 percent of the union voted. Of the 81 percent, about 75 percent voted to approve the contract.

Yesterday, Sun Tran put another offer on the table and the strike was postponed for 24-hours.

The wage progression freeze remains in place, but all bargaining unit employees with at least six months working for Sun Tran will get a one-time pay raise this year.

Except, workers at the top wage rate will receive a 40 cents raise this month and an additional 10 cents raise in February. Top rate bus drivers will then make $19.22 an hour and top rate mechanics will earn $22.66.

As part of the new contract, Sun Tran will also continue to contribute 100 percent of monthly health and welfare benefits for union members and their families.  

Both Sun Tran and the Teamsters want to thank riders for their patience during the negotiation process.

Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.