Teamsters approve new contract, threat of strike over

LANCASTER – The Teamsters Local 848 has voted to approve a new contract with Veolia Transportation. Saturday’s vote of 44 to 33 means the threat of a strike by bus drivers is over.

The new five-year contract will be retroactive to January 1, 2012.

“We are pleased that the contract has been approved and a strike averted,” said Antelope Valley Transit Authority Executive Director Julie Austin. “We know everyone involved worked diligently to negotiate in good faith and bring this near-crisis to an amicable resolution.”

The AVTA provides more than three million rides annually serving 11 local routes and three commuter routes.  Its local transit service encompasses 100 square miles of the High Desert reaching as far east as Lake Los Angeles.

The AVTA is governed through a Joint Powers Agreement between the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale along with Los Angeles County.

(Information via press release from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.)