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TTA reaches tentative agreement with union

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Tri-State Transit Authority has reached a tentative deal with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1742, and the board will consider the agreement during its regular meeting in September.

The current contract previously was extended to September when both sides failed to reach an agreement earlier this year, and union employees will have the chance to review the new contract on Sunday, Sept. 8., Paul Davis, general manager of the TTA, said during the board's regular meeting Wednesday morning.

The tentative contract provides for improvement in wages and retirement for employees, Davis said.

Davis also reported that TTA officials have met with representatives from Marshall University to discuss parking and transportation issues for students who will be taking classes at the new Visual Arts Center across from Pullman Square beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. Officials are looking at parking, bikes and buses as ways to resolve logistics issues that the predicted 250 students may have when the building opens.

Davis said he and university officials are meeting again this week.

The West Virginia Public Transit Association hosted its annual meeting earlier this month, and Jennifer Woodall, TTA assistant manager, was named 2012 Transit Employee of the Year, Davis reported.

TTA also received three Excellence Awards, which recognized TTA driver Larry Joe Collins as Transit Driver of the year. The awards also recognized the authority's marketing program and its community project, "Stuff the Bus," an annual school supplies drive that takes place in partnership with United Way of the River Cities.



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