Sun Tran and Teamsters sign short-term contract extension - Tucson News Now

Sun Tran and Teamsters sign short-term contract extension

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sun Tran and Teamsters Local 104 agreed to extend the current labor contract until 11:59 p.m. on July 8, according to a release put out by Sun Tran.

The short term contract will act as an extension period to allow negotiations to continue. The current contract was to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 30.

Representatives from both sides will have another week to try and reach a mutual agreement on the next labor contract. Labor talks will resume on Monday July 3, according to the release. 

"I'm good with the extension," said Karla Schumann, the Teamsters Local Unit 104 Principal Officer. "Let's face it, at the end of the day, we don't want to inconvenience the community. I need my people to be able to work under a contract. They get their health and welfare, and pension working, and things are good. Everybody benefits from that. It's not a bad thing. When you can't get to that point, then you have a problem."

All Sun Tran bus service will operate on a regular schedule throughout the extension period.

Tucson News Now reached out to a representative from Teamsters who told us meetings are still happening, and they still expect to hold a strike vote. 

The hope is that both sides can work to come to an agreement on a contract and avoid a strike like the one in 2015 that lasted 42 days >> READ HERE

"I think the dynamics are a little bit different [this time around]," Schumann explained. "I think the last contract was probably something that had been building for many, many years. It finally got to the boiling point and it spilled over. I think going into this contract, everybody has got a little bit better footing, the city is doing a little bit better fiscally. All in all, I think it's a pretty good thing."

For current information, riders should call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222. 

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