Teamsters contract with Washoe transit system expires Monday; extension possible

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Updated: 6/27/2014 2:42 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Teamsters Local 533 has responded to several media requests for a statement regarding negotiations with MV Transportation -- the Texas-based contractor that manages the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County transit system.

Local 533 has represented the RTC bus system, RTC Access paratransit drivers and support personnel for a quarter-century and their current two-year contract expires on Monday, June 30, according to a press release sent by Teamsters spokesperson Andrew Barbano.

"Contact talks between the company and the union have been making progress, although too much remains to finalize an agreement by midnight on Monday," Local 533 President Gary Watson, the union's lead negotiator said.

Chartered in northern Nevada in 1934, Teamsters Local 533 averages about 2,000 members in a variety of businesses and government agencies throughout northern Nevada, eastern California and the Tahoe basin.

"We expect to mutually agree to an extension and to conclude negotiations soon. As a normal part of the process, the union membership will vote on strike authorization this Sunday, June 29. This does not initiate a strike. It does empower the union leadership to call a work stoppage at any time beginning on July 1," Watson stated.

The history of negotiations with RTC representatives and the union, including past strike activity, may be accessed at

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