Sun Tran worker strike now in sixth day, still going strong

Published: Aug. 11, 2015 at 8:58 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:23 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On day six of the Sun Tran worker strike, the mood at Ronstadt Transit Center in downtown, Tucson was unity and solidarity.

Bus drivers on strike said they are not going anywhere, and they're in this for the long-haul.

Rallying with them were members of the Bus Riders Union, Commercial Workers Union and United Steel Workers Union.

Councilwoman Regina Romero told the strikers that while Tucson City Council could not get involved in the negotiations, she is pressuring the city manager and transportation department to get back to the drawing board and address the issues important to Sun Tran employees.

Union officials said it is not just the bus riders who are suffering from the lack of bus service, but also these employees, who are not getting their usual salary, only union benefits while they are out picketing.

"I want to make it clear for all of the media, Sun Tran management has not contacted us at any time since the strike began to go back to the table," said Andrew Marshall, principal officer of Teamsters Local 104. "I made an announcement today that the Teamsters are willing to go back to the table as long as management is willing to negotiate fairly and address the issues."

The big issues include employee wages, along with the safety of drivers who have faced dozens of assaults in the last two years.

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