COTA Faces Potential Labor Unrest

A COTA bus stops at intersection on North High Street(Photo: Gary Brown (Flickr))
A COTA bus stops at intersection on North High Street(Photo: Gary Brown (Flickr))

The Central Ohio Transit Authority faces a potential strike by its drivers and maintenance workers. Union membership has given its leaders authorization to call a strike pending the outcome of a contract vote later today.

658 members of the Transport Workers Union have been working for four months without a wage and benefit pact. During that time, COTA changed its leadership and was cited by a national industry group as making big gains in ridership. The Authority operated with a budget surplus in 2011.

Union members today are voting on a third party contract proposal. Asked whether the proposal contains wage freezes for COTA drivers, TWU Local 208 union president Andrew Jordan says it “depends on how you look at it.” Jordan says the union’s executive committee failed to recommend the proposed contract.

COTA leadership is expected to vote on the third party contract proposal after the union completes its balloting.

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