MARTA Plans to File Court Injunction to End Work Slow-Down

A MARTA train passes Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in August 2014. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

ATLANTA — MARTA has notified ATU Local 732 it plans to file a court injunction to end a work slow-down.

MARTA has demanded ATU leadership take immediate action disavowing the sick-out and demand that union members return to work.

The announcement comes following an all-day positive collective bargaining session that concluded late Saturday night. It resulted in a signed agreement between MARTA and ATU Local 732 leadership over wages, benefits and parity pay adjustments for bus and rail operators, mechanics and other skilled technicians.

However, approximately 80 union employees staged a sick-out this morning impacting MARTA bus service, MARTA officials said.

The tentative agreement, if ratified, would give MARTA’s union employees an across the board pay raise of 3 percent per year for three years, pay an additional $0.25/hour longevity premium to all employees with 20+ years of service, implement an immediate parity pay adjustment of $0.50/hour for all bus and rail operators and $1.00/hour for mechanics and other skilled technicians.

The tentative agreement also provides for a $1,000 retro/ratification payment for full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees if the deal is ratified by March 1.

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