GVT workers considering strike

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Grand Valley Transit workers will vote February 12th if they want to go on strike.

Grand Valley Transit workers are part of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1776, and they have been in negotiations with private contractor, Transdev North America.

Bus drivers currently make $11.25 an hour, and only got that pay increase when the state's minimum wage rate went up at the start of 2019.

Workers with GVT say the low wage rate is causing a lot of turnover in the company, and its becoming harder to hold on to drivers because they can simply go to other transportation companies for better pay.

"It does impact me. I've been a driver for over five years, and Grand Valley Transit has had discounted labor for multiple years, and its time for that wrong to be righted," said Bus Operator, and President of ATU Local 1776, Judi Derusha.

Judi also said drivers with GVT are capped at $13.65 an hour after five years, no matter how many additional years they work for the company.

We reached out to Transdev for comment, and they sent us this statement:
"We are currently in negotiations with ATU Local 1776, through the assistance of a Federal mediator. We are hoping to reach a resolution on wages and benefits for our employees tonight or in the very near future."

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