AC Transit workers ratify labor deal, avert strike

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Updated: 12/29/2013 4:30 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Workers with a major San Francisco Bay area bus system ratified a labor deal, ending the threat of a strike.

The Contra Costa Times reports that Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and clerical workers on Friday voted for the agreement, which includes a 9.5-percent wage increase over the next 3 years.

The nearly 2,000 workers rejected two previous proposals negotiated between the union and AC Transit.

Under the new agreement, AC Transit workers will make a flat monthly contribution of $125 per employee for health care.

The transit system's board of directors is scheduled to vote on the agreement next month.

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