Rejected CATS bus driver contract has almost 11% increase | WFAE 90.7

The contract that Charlotte bus drivers rejected Wednesday included a virtually 11% increase, however would additionally cut back the variety of days drivers can take off with no cause.

The present contract pays first-year bus drivers about $18.80 an hour. The brand new proposed contract calls for brand new drivers to make $20.80 an hour. That’s a virtually 11% bump.

CATS drivers have automated pay will increase for every year they’re employed, for six years. The highest hourly wage would go from $28.00 an hour to $31 an hour — after which to only underneath $33 an hour within the third yr of the contract.

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That may equal an annual wage of almost $69,000.

The town stated that’s more cash than bus drivers earn in Raleigh, Atlanta, Orlando and Richmond.

CATS bus drivers formally work for a administration firm RATP DEV USA, as a result of North Carolina regulation doesn’t enable public staff to discount collectively. Drivers voted to reject town’s proposed contract Wednesday however are nonetheless on the job.

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Union representatives are anticipated to fulfill with a mediator quickly to attempt to attain an settlement.

The town’s proposed contract additionally has fewer days that drivers can take off with no cause. Beneath the present contract, drivers can take off 10 days per yr with no cause. That’s along with their trip time and 12 sick days.

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CATS has proposed decreasing the variety of unexcused days to 6.

CATS decreased its bus schedule final month as a result of it doesn’t have sufficient drivers. It decreased service on a few of its hottest routes, from buses arriving each 10 or quarter-hour to now arriving each 15, 20 or half-hour.

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The transit system hopes to revive the service by the tip of the yr.

The operators who drive the streetcar and the Lynx Blue Line are metropolis staff.

CATS and metropolis employees are scheduled to offer Metropolis Council Monday an outline of a plan to rebuild the primary bus station uptown, probably inserting it underground. The station could be a part of a brand new mixed-use improvement that would come with places of work, retail and a lodge.

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