Metro Transit workers vote on a new contractby Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Metro Transit workers vote today on a new contract offer from the Metropolitan Council. Workers have been without a contract since July 31.
The 2,200 member union met over the weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Details of the new two-year contract have not been released.
But Michelle Sommers, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, said the union's executive board is recommending that workers accept the Met Council's offer.
"Our executive board did recommend the offer to our membership to accept. We believe it's a better offer than the first offer that they gave us and there are some good things in there that I think will benefit the membership," Sommers said.
She said the new two-year contract, if approved, would address past pay equity and other wage issues.
Metro Transit bus drivers and other workers walked out on strike for six weeks in 2004.