Some progress reported in AC Transit, union talks as strike looms 

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  • Labor talks between AC Transit management and its union workers have reportedly made some progress

AC Transit officials are reporting "slight" progress in contract negotiations with its transit workers in advance of a possible walkout Monday.

District spokesman Clarence Johnson said in a statement Sunday that discussions with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 "have resulted in some progress."

"AC Transit management is hopeful that an agreement will be reached to blunt a potential work stoppage by bus operators and mechanics," Johnson said.

ATU Local 192 President Yvonne Williams has cited worker safety and plans to replace sheriff's deputies assigned to AC Transit with private security guards as primary union concerns in the negotiations.

The workers' contract is set to expire at midnight Sunday, though Johnson said the agency has requested that the current contract be temporarily extended to allow talks to proceed without any disruption to service.

Meanwhile, the transit district is advising its 174,000 daily riders to make "alternate transit strategies" should the negotiations fail and workers chose to strike at midnight.

The most updated information will be available online at www.actransit.org.

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