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Posted: 11:46 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. —
Before AC Transit union members strike they have promised to give riders 24-hour notice, and as of Sunday night, both sides were still negotiating. A strike could happen as early as Tuesday if there isn't an agreement Sunday night. The president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 said they're not taking this deadline for granted and they rushed back to the bargaining table with AC Transit Sunday evening just before 5 p.m. "This is not a joke," said Yvonne M. Williams, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 this 192. "This is not something to play with." For those AC Transit drivers on the job, the reason for their solidarity is clear. "For me, it's just, the recession was a couple of years ago," said Marvin Deleon, AC Transit driver. "Everyone took a hit. All we're asking for is what we have." He still thinks a deal can be done and doesn't want to go on strike. "It's not about leverage, it's about what's fair," Deleon said. AC Transit driver Christine Longmuir said she'd like to see a pay raise because they haven't had a pay raise in 11 years. Another sticking point is safety. Local 192 contends their members are experiencing increased assaults and injuries. "Our injuries in the last year, have increased over 50 percent, we attribute that to the speed-ups and the cuts in service," Williams said. The district, argues it's reviewed compensation claims and OSHA injury logs and there has been no significant increase in driver injuries this year over last year. And so the debate continues. "I hope we can settle something out because it's still better for the riding public," Longmuir said. AC Transit drivers make on average $25.68 an hour and VTA workers make about $30. KTVU wasn't told where the negotiations are being held, but they were still at the table late Sunday night.
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