GET strike enters its second month

GET strike enters its second month

That's after striking bus drivers and mechanics for Golden Empire Transit District said "no deal" to the district's latest contract.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -The GET strike enters its second month Friday after striking bus drivers and mechanics for Golden Empire Transit District said "no deal" to the district's latest contract offer.
 
GET was offering a three-percent raise for one year.   The Teamsters Local 517 wants a four-percent pay hike for each of the next three years. something GET says it can't afford.  The district's offer was overwhelmingly rejected on a 161-to-19 vote Thursday evening.

Teamsters rep Chester Suniga says he's not surprised. "Like I said, they're very disappointed with the company and the CEO and the way operations are being run and they want their voice to be heard."

Suniga says union negotiators are ready to go back to the bargaining table.  The two sides were back meeting early Friday afternoon and a special board meeting is slated for 3:00 p.m. Saturday.  
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