RTA workers vote down 3rd contract proposal

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RTA and it's employees are still at an impasse in contract negotiations.

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UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.

Mark Donaghy, chief executive officer at Greater Dayton RTA, cited “rising health care costs and future revenue concerns” as reasons why the company is limited in what it can offer the union employees.

“We certainly hope Local 1385 does not attempt to hold the public hostage by shutting the bus system down,” Donagy said in an email.

He said that insurance rates did increase about 24 percent for all employees and “RTA was forced to switch to a high deductible plan due to claims rising dramatically,” reads the email.

Donagy added that the contract voted down by union members had included that RTA would pay a higher initial contribution to employee Health Savings Accounts.

FIRST REPORT

Workers with the Greater Dayton RTA voted down the third contract proposal Saturday night, according to the RTA Union 1385 President.

The union president told News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald the union voted down the contract, but could not talk about the possibility of a strike in the future.

The union employees have been without a contract since April 2015 and have been picketing outside the RTA headquarters and city hall over the past month.

The employees claim they are frustrated over their current working conditions, where they claim they don’t get bathroom breaks and have to speed to keep on schedule.

RTA’s chief executive officer has told this news outlet previous that the claims from the employees are false.

We have reached out to the RTA for comment on this latest development and will update this story as new details are released.

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