SamTrans, drivers union agree on three-year contract

SamTrans has reached an agreement with its bus operators and maintenance workers on a three-year contract that includes wage freezes and employee contributions to health and retirement benefits.

The pact, which went into effect earlier this month, calls for a two-year wage freeze for the 383 workers of SamTrans’ Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1574. By the third year, wages will increase by 2.5 percent, according to SamTrans spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

ATU workers will also begin making contributions to their health and pension plans. The employees will begin a three-year phased approach to the plan, with the salary contributions to their health plan starting at three percent in year one and ending at four percent by year three. The pension contributions will account for two percent of their salaries in the first two years, and one percent by year three.

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