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Metro Transit-St. Louis, ATU agree to new labor pact

Bi-State Development ratified a three-year labor contract with ATU Local 788.
Photo – ATU Facebook


The Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners last week voted to ratify a new labor contract with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 788, which represents many of Metro Transit-St. Louis’ light-rail operators, technicians, clerical and maintenance employees.

Under the three-year pact, union members will receive a 2.25 percent wage increase for fiscal-year 2020, and a 3 percent wage increase for the following two years, Bi-State Development officials said in a press release.

The contract also increases shift differentials and wage adjustments for weekend and evening assignments; provides employees with better resources to access training and qualify for higher-paid positions within the organization; and introduces new policies to improve employee attendance.

“We worked closely with ATU President Reginald Howard and ATU Vice President Catina Wilson, and with their support and leadership, we have been able to create an agreement that not only provides our employees with a competitive benefits package, but also strengthens our ability to recruit and retain talented team members,” said Metro Transit Executive Director Jessica Mefford-Miller.

Union members approved the labor contract last month.

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