Colorado bus union authorizes strike

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The union for workers at a Colorado public transportation agency unanimously voted to authorize the union’s executive board to call a strike if future negotiations are unproductive.The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1776, which consists of 32 Grand Valley Transit bus drivers, dispatchers and utility workers, says its union leaders could set a strike date after the latest contract offer from Grand Valley Transit’s operating contractor, Transdev Services, was deemed unsatisfactory.Union workers with Grand Valley Transit, which serves the Grand Junction area, are seeking higher pay.No strike date was set and negotiations should continue, although Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1776 President Judi DeRusha says there are no future bargaining sessions currently scheduled.A strike would be the first in Grand Valley Transit’s 23-year history.___Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.comThe Associated Press

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