WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – An agreement between Liberty Lines Transit, Inc. and Transit Workers Union Local 100 has prevented what would have been a devastating strike for those who use the transit system, according to a Westchester County government spokesperson.
“I believe that’s the case,” said Donna Greene, deputy communications director for the county. “We’re working on some kind of statement, so stay tuned.”
Both parties decided to “stop the clock” at midnight on Feb. 29 and then agreed to a two-week extension to hammer out a deal.
The items that have been discussed throughout the negotiation process are wage demands and the pension plans of the drivers and mechanics, “which both sides agree is underfunded and in critical condition,” according to the TWU website. The employer’s cost for health insurance, which “the union acknowledges have sharply increased,” is also under discussion.
The Bee-Line bus service serves approximately 100,000 passengers in Westchester in addition to employing 572 drivers and mechanics, according to the TWU website. Liberty Lines is a private firm contracted by the county to provide transportation services.
More details on the contract agreement will be released later Thursday. Keep checking your local Main Street Connect website for updates.