Antelope Valley Transit Authority #722, a 1996 Neoplan Skyliner AN122/3, is seen boarding passengers in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by RJMcConnell (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Antelope Valley Transit Authority #722, a 1996 Neoplan Skyliner AN122/3, is seen boarding passengers in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by RJMcConnell (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Bus drivers are back on the job in the Antelope Valley this week, despite rejecting a contract offer from management over the weekend.

About 120 drivers with the Antelope Valley Transit Authority walked off the job Friday over disagreements between their union and Transdev, which contracts with the AVTA. On Saturday, the drivers rejected Transdev’s latest offer, but drivers decided to return to work Sunday while the issues concerning wages and working conditions continue to be hashed out.

“…In order to restore service to the public, the drivers have elected to return to work to give Transdev and the ATVA the opportunity to … resolve the serious issues raised by the bus drivers,” said Eric Tate, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 848.

Tate told City News Service Monday that the drivers voted 104 to 0 to reject the latest offer on Saturday, and that no date currently exists for a return to negotiations.

“We’re looking for the company to step up and return to the bargain table seriously,” he said, adding that the issues went beyond just wages. “There are a lot of working condition problems with the buses, mandatory overtime, that’s the reasons they went on strike on Friday.”

Efforts to reach ATVA officials for comment were unsuccessful. The agency operates a fleet of 75 buses providing service primarily to residents of Lancaster, Palmdale and certain unincorporated parts of northern Los Angeles County.

—City News Service

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