Sun Tran, Teamsters release agreement details

Published: Sep. 18, 2015 at 11:23 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2015 at 12:23 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Both sides originally did not want to talk about it, but now Tucson News Now has learned new details about the agreement between Sun Tran and the Teamsters Local 104 Union.

City of Tucson officials said they used savings from the 42-day strike to come up with $1.5 million to settle it, so taxpayers are not out any extra money.

The only real losers in this strike, it seems, are the bus riders themselves.

Under the terms of the new agreement, each Teamsters striker will get a one-time lump sum payment of $3,303.37.

The union members will also get pay raises of $0.30 an hour for some, to more than $5 per hour for others, depending on their years of experience and whether their positions have been frozen for the past three years.

Sun Tran also promised to deal with a mold problem at its maintenance facility and install partitions in buses used on routes that are considered more dangerous.

The total cost of the agreement is $4.3 million dollars, roughly $1.5 million more than the cost of the deal that was first offered.

The money came from fuel and worker savings, so the City of Tucson did not dip into the general fund to pay for it.

Now that the agreement has been reached, many are calling the strike an embarrassment to the city, and are urging the City of Tucson to end its control of the system.

Many bus rider's lives were deeply impacted by the lengthy strike. Some lost their jobs, others were unable to get to doctor appointments or court dates.

"It shouldn't be about money," said rider Dannielle Catalan. "I understand they have to make a living. I get that, we all do, but in a way it did affect a lot of people."

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