Progressive Railroading
Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

View Current Digital Issue »


Rail News Home Passenger Rail


Rail News: Passenger Rail

California Governor asks UTU members to return to work


United Transportation Union (UTU)-represented bus and train operators at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) met Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. (PDT) at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in south Los Angeles, where UTU General Chairman James Williams told members that Gov. Gray Davis requested they go back to work.

"There was a resounding ‘no,’" says MTA spokesman Edward Scannell.
Negotiations were due to resume at 2 p.m. (EDT), but as of 3:40 p.m. (EDT), UTU members had not arrived.

"Our people are there, but the union is taking their time," says Scannell. "This has happened a lot during these negotiations."

Although MTA abandoned its proposed 10-hour, four-day work week and Davis signed a bill guaranteeing UTU workers wage and benefit retention in the even of a transit zone creation, other stumbling blocks remain — primarily MTA’s plan to reduce the amount of overtime pay by hiring more part-time operators and "very old work rules," says Scannell.

Kathi Kube

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

More News from 10/5/2000