MTD and Employees Come to Resolution
MTD BUS OPERATORS & MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL AGREE TO NEW THREE YEAR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
After six months of collective bargaining, Santa Barbara MTD has reached a final agreement with the Teamsters Local 186 (Teamsters) bargaining unit representing bus operators and maintenance personnel. These employees voted in favor of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement covering wages, medical and dental benefits, pensions, and working conditions.
“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to reach a fair agreement with our employees who do so much to keep our community connected,” said MTD General Manager Jerry Estrada. “We believe this contract honors the hard work of our employees while continuing to steward MTD’s financial health.”
The new agreement goes into effect retroactively to July 1, 2019.
MTD in Talks with Teamster Employee Representatives
Santa Barbara MTD has been engaged in the collective bargaining process for several months with Teamsters Local 186, which represents MTD’s bus operators, operations supervisors and maintenance employees.
MTD management has come to two Tentative Agreements with the Teamsters bargaining team, one in early July and one in late August. Both agreements were voted on by the employees, but a majority of support was not reached in either case.
The current contract is under an extension through September 30th.
MTD management continues to work towards a resolution of the situation in good faith, to avoid disruption in service to the public.