Sun Tran plans limited bus service in case of worker strike - Tucson News Now

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Days away from a possible strike from more than 500 unionized workers, Sun Tran is preparing a backup plan in case negotiation talks are not successful before Wednesday’s deadline.

The transportation service will run limited bus routes as soon as Thursday morning, if the company cannot reach an agreement with Teamsters Local Union 104. Both sides are hoping for the best, but Marketing and Communications Director Kandi Young said they’re preparing for the worst.

“A strike could be called and our staff is preparing for that possible scenario and we do encourage passengers to plan ahead as well, just in case,” she said.

The exact routes have not been named as of Monday night, but a statement from Sun Tran’s general manager said they will cover main corridors in order to serve as many people as possible.

If a strike is called, bus service will be limited to the hours between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday, according to Young. She said non-unionized employees with the proper license and training will take over the driver duties temporarily.

It could take away from those workers other responsibilities but Young said the top priority is keeping the buses on the road.

“The priority is to get service on the street because so many people rely on the services that we provide to get to work, to school, to medical appointments,” said Young.

Contract negotiations do not affect Sun Van, Sun Shuttle or the new Sun Link Streetcar, so all three will operate as usual.

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