Metro Transit workers could strike next week

9:47 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 788, the union representing employees of MetroBus, MetroLink, and Metro Call-A-Ride could strike as early as July 1.

Workers authorized the strike June 11 after they say Metro management stopped mediation the week before.

Local 788 represents 1,200 MetroBus operators, MetroLink drivers, mechanics, and clerical workers.

Patti Beck, a spokesperson for Metro, says the employees have no legal right to strike. She says if a strike occurs there will be no MetroBus or MetroLink service. Metro Call-A-Ride service will be provided with limited services contracted by the Transportation Management Association.

Monthly and weekly passes will be accepted into the next month or week, depending on how many days are affected.

Customers will be able to return passes by mail (with a return address) to Metro, Attn: Pass Return, 707 N. 1st Street, St. Louis, Mo. 63102. In exchange, those people will be sent the equivalent number of day passes. There will be no cash refunds.

Service would resume after operators and mechanics notify Metro of intention to return to work.

Customers can keep up with the situation via Metro's Facebook and Twitter pages, their website, or by calling customer service at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 during business hours.

If the Metro workers go on strike, it could affect attendance at upcoming events like baseball games, Fair St. Louis, and Celebrate St. Louis concerts.

Parker Condie, chairman of the Fair St. Louis Foundation, released the following statement about Metro and Fair St. Louis:
"We're focused on producing a great Parade and Fair for our visitors. We can't speculate on what will or won't happen with Metro but we're hopeful and confident people will make the effort to get to the Parade and Fair. We will have a great Parade along an exciting new route, outstanding musical entertainment under the Arch, an incredible array of food, fantastic air shows and a spectacular fireworks show all three nights. Joining in the celebration of these free events will be worth the effort!"

KSDK

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