At 10:30 PM last night, talks broke off, with additional talks scheduled to begin today at 2:00 PM. The key issue remains wages – employees want 50 cent raises during the second and third year of the contract, while OTS‘ latest proposal says no wages during the first two years, with the option to re-open negotiations for the third year.
I must admit that I’m confused. First, the union said they want no layoffs. Then, when they got that, they said they don’t want any takebacks from the previous contract. Now, they’re asking for raises. Makes me wonder what happens if the company and city give in to that. (I really hope they don’t.)
I’m doing just fine without TheBus. I have no problem waiting for the drivers to give in.