Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 has approved a new three-year contract with Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners, which oversees the Metro Transit system.
Local 788 members approved the contract last month after rejecting a previous contract offer in October. Local 788 represents about 1,500 employees including MetroBus drivers and MetroLink operators.
The new contract includes a higher starting pay for bus drivers and a rollover of employee health plan contributions to address rising insurance costs.
“It was a long fight,” Reggie Howard, president of Local 788, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But we feel really good about it.”
Under the three-year pact, union members will receive a 2.25 percent wage increase for fiscal-year 2020, and a three percent wage increase for the following two years.
• Raises starting hourly pay for bus drivers from $14.65 to $16.22.
• Increases compensation for working nights and weekends.
• Requires employees’ medical plan contributions to be rolled over into the next year.
• Expands sick leave accommodations.
• Provides employees with better resources to access training and qualify for higher-paid positions.
INCREASE OF $26 MILLION
The contract amounts to an overall increase of $26 million in wages and benefits over three years, up 9.4 percent over the current levels, Metro Executive Director Jessica Mefford-Miller told the Post.
Metro officials hope the raises will to help attract and retain employees.
“I’m so pleased that we’re entering the new year with a new agreement and I’m delighted to offer a wage increase to our employees who do good work every day,” Mefford-Miller told the Post.