This agreement is an excellent example of labor and management working together in a “down economy” for the common good of both sides. While not perfect, each partner was able to achieve the “best” deal possible under the current financial circumstances.
 MARTA had already instituted cost containment measures for non-represented employees. Such measures include mandatory two weeks of unpaid furlough; increased contributions to medical premium co-shares; and wage freezes. These measures were instituted in FY 2010 and remain in place today.
 According to the October 2010 Dash Report, MARTA Mechanics are in the 135th position and Fixed Route Bus Operators are in the 138th position.