OAKLAND (KCBS/KPIX 5) — Officials with the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) said they were making progress Tuesday in ongoing contract talks with the union representing its bus operators and other workers.
Spokesman Clarence Johnson said AC Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 had more than halved their differences over wages and health care. The union has said it will go on strike Wednesday morning if a contract deal is not reached.
The transit agency is offering a nine-percent raise while the union is asking for 10 percent. Johnson said there is still work to be done on the benefits package, but “we’re moving in the right direction,” he told reporters Tuesday.
AC Transit runs 108 lines from Richmond to Fremont, serves 13 cities, runs 27 lines across the Bay Bridge, two over the Dumbarton Bridge and one across the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. That’s 11,000 Trans-Bay riders.