An AC Transit bus at the Transbay terminal in San Francisco (Deb Svoboda/KQED)
An AC Transit bus at the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco (Deb Svoboda/KQED)

(Bay City News) AC Transit workers have voted to reject a tentative contract agreement reached with management last week, union officials said Sunday.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents nearly 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers, voted Saturday — with 576 against and 257 for the proposed contract, officials said.

“Our members spoke out, loud and clear,” said Yvonne Williams, the union’s president and business agent, in a statement.

The union’s negotiating committee will meet soon to review next steps, officials said.

The union had previously issued a notice on Monday Aug. 5 saying it would go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 7 if no progress had been made.

The deal reached the next day included a 9.5 percent raise and increased employee contributions to medical benefits, as well as improved health and safety provisions, according to the union.

An AC Transit spokesman said he had not received official word from the union yet and did not have any comment.

You can see a worker debate over the proposed contract at ATU Local 192’s Facebook page. Here is a video of AC Transit employees speaking out against the deal.

AC Transit Workers Overwhelmingly Reject Contract Agreement 19 August,2013KQED News Staff and Wires

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