Contract Update!


On Tuesday March 30th and Wednesday the 31st, Local 1005’s bargaining team met with Metro Transit and Met Council management representatives at the Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS). Despite insults and disrespect from both management and mediators, Local 1005 held strong! 

While the bargaining team held the line at the table, 400 member activists rallied outside of BMS over 2 days, reinforcing the bargaining team, demanding Metro Transit negotiate a fair contract, and drawing news channels and the Star-Tribune to cover our fight.

In past negotiations, Metro was eager to get out of the room. But with hundreds of members outside the doors, we bargained late into both evenings this time. We managed to settle minor non-economic issues, and both parties moved closer together on economic issues, including the big ones: wages and hazard pay.

On those issues, your bargaining team delivered the following proposal:

Wages: 2.5% year 1, 2.5% year 2, 3% year 3, for a total of 8% over the life of the contract, including retroactive to expiration.

Hazard pay: All 10-hour employees shall be paid $50 for every day worked between March 7 and July 31, 2020; all other employees shall be paid $40 for every day worked between March 7 and July 31, 2020.

Metro Transit countered with an insufficient wage proposal and nothing for hazard pay. As a result, there is no tentative agreement yet. It’s our hope that with continued pressure from members on Metro Transit, they will come to their senses soon.

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