Port Authority of Allegheny County drivers ratified a new collective bargaining
agreement on Monday.
The collective bargaining agreement, which was tentatively
agreed to by Port Authority representatives and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
Local 85 leadership in November, accomplishes Port Authority’s primary
bargaining goal of reining in healthcare and post-retirement benefits cost,
while settling on a contract that is fair to transit riders, taxpayers and
Changes in contract provisions relative to the provision of
healthcare, pensions and post-retirement healthcare benefits will reduce Port
Authority’s legacy obligation costs by approximately $92.8 million over the
four-year life of the contract.
“This contract is historic in that it takes unprecedented
steps toward reducing Port Authority’s legacy costs, while at the same time
maintaining a competitive wage and benefits package for Authority employees,”
said Steve Bland, the Port Authority’s CEO.
The Port Authority board of directors is scheduled to vote
on the tentative agreement Dec. 15.