December 26, 2012

Valley Metro labor unions continue negotiations

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433 and light rail operations contractor, Alternate Concepts Inc. (ACI), have agreed to continue labor negotiations, keeping Phoenix-based Valley Metro light rail operators on the job under existing work conditions.

ATU and ACI have both agreed to submit their issues to binding arbitration where the decision of the arbitrator will be final. The arbitration process will begin in early 2013.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the ATU and ACI expired on June 30, 2012. Two 90-day extensions have occurred to allow for greater discussion; the second extension is set to end on Dec. 31, 2012. Today’s agreement will continue the terms of the current CBA until a new agreement can be reached in 2013.

ACI has served as Valley Metro Rail’s operations contractor since 2006. There are currently 47 operators employed by ACI who provide Valley residents with safe, reliable light rail service.

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