The Phoenix Public Transit Department has been informed by First Transit, Inc., one of its contracted bus service providers, that the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 voted to reject a new collective bargaining agreement after two days of voting by union members. Collective bargaining agreements for the contract expired on June 30. Since then, First Transit and the ATU, which represents bus operators, have been in ongoing negotiations.
First Transit management provided a best-and-final offer to the ATU on Dec. 8, and members voted on the offer in meetings Dec. 29-30. Public Transit staff was informed that the offer was rejected, but that the parties will discuss returning to the bargaining table in the coming days. Currently, there are no immediate impacts to bus service. Interruptions to transit service could occur if the two parties do not return to negotiations or agree to extensions.
Passengers should check phoenix.gov/publictransit for updated information on any service impacts. First Transit operates 14 local bus routes, including some of the city’s most used routes such as Route 29-Thomas Road and Route 41-Indian School.
More information on the Valley’s transit service is available at valleymetro.org.