Workers join ranks against Keolis Transit Service

Pomona, Calif–At midnight on Monday, Aug. 7, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) mechanics at the Foothill Transit operations yard in Pomona, Calif., went on strike. They are unhappy with their employer Keolis Transit Services and its attempt to strong-arm them into accepting a four-year labor contract.

One of the buses run by Foothill Transit. Photo: Wikipedia.org

One of the buses run by Foothill Transit. Photo: Wikipedia.org

Pomona’s bus operators, although represented by Teamsters, decided to join the picket line. Mechanics and drivers congregated in front of the gate, preventing any buses from exiting the yard.

Operators at a Foothill Transit yard in nearby Arcadia,CA are employed by a different contractor, however they are members of the same ATU local with Pomona mechanics. On Monday morning, the Arcadia drivers made extra runs on their own routes to assist stranded riders, but did not drive any of Pomona’s 19 routes. Failure to operate the routes for one morning likely brought fines in excess of $1 million for Keolis.

A memorandum of understanding was reached around 11:00 AM, ending the strike. Negotiations are now reportedly underway on a two-year contract that will allow the workers to renegotiate a new contract in 2019, concurrent with a raise in the California minimum wage.

–Strike supporter

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