AC Transit workers reject contract offer 

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  • Commuters line up as they wait to board an AC Transit bus on July 1, 2013 in Oakland, California.
AC Transit employees have voted by a margin of 561 to 369 to reject management’s offer of a 9.5 percent pay increase over three years.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 — which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers — had recommended that employees approve the tentative agreement, which was reached last week.

Union leaders said in a message to members before the vote, “We hope you will see the accomplishments of your negotiating team, to bring you one of the best contracts negotiated in transit or the public sector this year.”

The leadership said, “All members will benefit from this contract with immediate raises effective Oct. 6 and important protections for workers in our contract kept in place.”

The union’s message to employees said management was offering 3 percent raises in the first two years of the three-year contract and a 3.5 percent hike in the final year.

The employees’ vote Tuesday rejecting the contract marks the second time they have voted down a tentative agreement.

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