LANCASTER – Bus drivers will be back on the job in the Antelope Valley Thursday and will hold no further strikes until a meeting is held to continue contract negotiations, according to a news release issued by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority Wednesday afternoon.
“Transdev operators, represented by Teamsters Local 848, have agreed to return to work Thursday, Aug. 24, in service to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. Full commuter and local service will resume on schedule,” the AVTA news release states.
“Additionally, union leadership and Transdev have arranged a meeting scheduled for Sept. 12 to continue negotiations and end the possibility of further work stoppages. Union leaders have agreed there will be no further strikes before that meeting is held,” the news release states.
More than 120 drivers walked off the job Monday, Aug. 21, stranding thousands of local and commuter riders.
“All the Transdev/AVTA drivers want is to be compensated fairly, at an equivalent level to other bus drivers in the region,” Union leaders said in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon by Teamsters Local 848. [Read more here.]
“We remain optimistic common ground can be found once all sides recognize that we all share the same goal: providing the best service possible for the passengers…” Transdev officials said in the AVTA news release.
“We want to thank the entire Antelope Valley community for their admirable patience during these unsettled times. Ideally, resolution will be found soon and predictable, exceptional service will return,” Transdev officials said in the AVTA news release. [Read the entire release here.]
AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to residents in Lancaster, Palmdale and the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County.
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