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September 19, 2014

Bi-State Development Agency Commissioners Ratify Tentative Labor Agreement

The Bi-State Development Agency’s Board of Commissioners ratified a tentative labor agreement today. Metro transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 reached the tentative agreement earlier this week which includes pay raises for approximately 1,400 MetroBus operators, MetroLink operators, mechanics, maintenance and clerical workers. Under the proposed contract, the pension benefits would not change. However, because pension benefits have been a key issue in the negotiations, both parties have agreed to revisit portions of the pension plan in the future.



Next week, Metro employees covered by the tentative agreement will be given information about the proposed contract before voting on the offer on September 25.



“We look forward to ratification by the employees and working together to build a better transit system to move our region forward,” said John Nations, President & CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency/Metro.



The contract would go into effect immediately after being ratified by union members.



About Bi-State Development Agency:



The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 390 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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