GVT workers vote to strike

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Grand Valley Transit drivers and employees voted to authorize a strike, after they didn't like a new deal put forward by their company.

The worker's union says 80 percent of their workforce showed up to vote, and all of them agreed a strike was the best option.

At a meeting last night, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1776 voted to organize a strike, after workers decided they did not like a new deal put forward by private contracting company, Transdev.

That company is the service provider for the bus system, and requests its funding from Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee, which is made up of City Council members and county commissioners from all over the valley.

But GVT says the budget was already set back in 2018, and it's hard to meet bus driver's demands.

"It's our hope that our 100 percent show of unity among the workforce here will show Transdev and GVRTC come back to the table with a proposal we can all accept," said Organizer for ATU, Todd Brogen.

"We are now two months into 2019, and budgets were established back in 2018 with all of our partners, so that becomes really challenging," said Regional Transportation Planning Director, Todd Hollenbeck.

Union workers say they want their pay to go up to $16 an hour, and right now they make $11.25.

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