By Tim Ryan

OAKLAND (KCBS) — AC Transit drivers and mechanics are voting Friday on a tentative deal reached just before a cooling off period ordered by the governor ended last week.

The last two tentative agreements were rejected, and when the votes are counted after 7 p.m. Friday, it will be known whether or not the third will satisfy the agency’s drivers and mechanics.

This latest tentative three-year deal includes a 9.5 percent wage increase and new health insurance contributions as well.

Some Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 members who were casting early ballots Friday morning at an Oakland maintenance facility told KCBS that they thought the deal would be approved.

“I think, for the most part, everybody is going to go ahead and vote in support of the agreement,” one woman who did not want to give her name.

“It’s time to get over this and get on to the next chapter,” another man, who also did not want to be identified, said.

The labor unrest led to a strike in October and a 60-day cooling off period and 100,080 daily riders are now hopeful that an agreement will be reached after Friday’s vote.

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