The contract includes wage increases, increased work/life balance, and minimal changes to healthcare, according to MCTS's news release.
“The company and the union have been working together since March to address wages, healthcare, security, and work/life balance for operators and maintenance employees," said Denise Wandke, MCTS interim managing director. "Starting my employment with MCTS as an operator, I know the hard work and passion my fellow bus operators share. I think this contract shows our commitment to our employees and desire to collaborate with the union. I am proud of each and every employee and their amazing contributions to this community.”
Highlights of the three-year agreement include:
- Wage increases – Wages will increase each year of the contract.
- Competitive healthcare benefits – Percent contributions for 2023 and 2024 remain at 15% with slight increases to co-pays and deductibles.
- Pension – A healthy pension that provides a great deal of financial stability for employees’ futures.
- No Takeaways – The agreement does not take away anything from employees. MCTS did not request any concessions from the union.
“On behalf of all Milwaukee County residents, I commend the Milwaukee County Transit System and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 for reaching a fair and equitable agreement that results in uninterrupted transit service for all residents,” said David Crowley, Milwaukee County executive. “The transit system is an integral part of our community and I’m proud to stand in support of both MCTS and the ATU, as we continue serving passengers across all of Milwaukee County.”
MCTS is hiring additional drivers, offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus. A paid training class starts each month, according to the agency.