Bus drivers authorize strikeby Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio
Union leaders for Metro Transit bus drivers have been given the authority to call a strike, after union members voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest contract offer from the Met Council. The main sticking points are wages, and health insurance costs for current and retired workers. The bus system provides about 220,000 rides a day. Riders would get some warning before a strike would begin. The union must file an intent-to-strike notice and wait at least 10 days before hitting the picket lines. The Met Council says they have put their best offer on the table. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with president of the bus driver's union Local 1005 Ron Lloyd, and Met Council chairman Peter Bell.