Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor to mediate a collective bargaining agreement between Transdev, one of the city’s contracted bus service providers, and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433. The mediation will begin Jan. 4.
“I’m pleased to see Justice McGregor’s involvement in this negotiation. Her integrity, experience and professionalism is invaluable. Both parties need to come together to find a solution so that we can continue to serve the transportation needs of our community,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who chairs the city’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
The Transdev bus operator contract expired on June 30, 2015 and was extended to Sept. 30, at which time ATU members voted to authorize a strike. Both sides have continued talks, with the most recent meeting held Dec. 15 at the office of federal mediator Ron Collotta.
McGregor and Collotta will work together to assist both sides in their efforts to reach a new agreement.
McGregor served on the Arizona Supreme Court from 1998 through 2009 and was Chief Justice from 2005 through her retirement in 2009. She has successfully assisted in previous transit negotiations.
All bus services are currently running as normal at this time. Passengers can check the status of all bus service at www.phoenix.gov/publictransit and can get additional service information at Valley Metro’s website, www.valleymetro.org, or by calling Valley Metro Customer Service at 602-253-5000.