RENO — The contract negotiations between the Teamsters Local 533 and MV Transportation were settled Friday after Local 533 members “overwhelmingly ratified” the contract that extends through June 3, 2014.
“We are happy we maintained their working terms and conditions and employment pension pieces,” Union President Gary Watson said.
Local 533 members were meticulously examining the the benefits, health and welfare of the contract during Friday’s voting session.
Watson said the Teamsters agreed to a no strike, no lockout provision of the contract and that they are glad to finished with all strike talk.
“We want to move forward and have a harmonious and positive relationship and contract between employer and union,” Watson said.
The negotiations began about a year ago after the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) awarded them the contract to oversee bus operations.
According to MV Transportation spokesperson Michelle Smira, they have been working with the Teamsters’ union leadership to reach an agreement before the proposed June 22 deadline.
“We have been at the table and we would have continued to have been at the table and stay with the negotiations,” Smira said. MV Transportation provides bus drivers, mechanics, customer service and several other personnel to RTC transit services.
A tentative agreement was reached on June 22 by union leaders and MV Transportation for a contract discussing workers benefits, salary, working conditions and more.
Teamsters placed their votes at the union office on Gentry Way in Reno. Smira said reaching this agreement staved off the strike for one more week.
If the Teamsters would have chosen to strike, MV Transportation would have been responsible for maintaining the current status of the services they provide.
According to NevadaLabor.com, a source found on the Local 533 website, MV Transportation sent “strikebreakers” to ride the RTC buses this week and learn the routes in case of a strike. The website said they were all wearing white shirts and black pants, seemingly interacting with each other.
NevadaLabor.com also reported that a formal letter was filed by the Local 533 for notice of termination of the “interim collective bargaining agreement” with MV Transportation.