The City of Phoenix, First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit
Union say they’ve reached a three year deal to keep the buses running for the
coming Super Bowl and beyond. At issue
was wage and benefits parity between drivers in the West and East Phoenix Metro-Areas
and, while not saying if that was achieved, Mayor Greg Stanton did say all
parties are pleased with the deal.
refusing to say it explicitly, Stanton hinted that the big game was a big
factor giving the drivers leverage in the negotiations and that they all knew now
was the “time to get the job done.” Stanton
can’t say how much this new deal will cost the city but it’s far cheaper than
allowing a strike to go forward and then providing transit service by other
means. The drivers still need to vote on
the new contract and Stanton says it could require a city council vote as well.