PA: Union Reportedly Rejects New Pact With BCTA

May 22--ROCHESTER -- It's business as usual, for now, at the Beaver County Transit Authority.

But the union that represents about 70 drivers, mechanics and service workers employed by the authority reportedly voted Sunday to reject a new labor pact, according to an email received by The Times.

Union officials didn't return messages seeking comment.

BCTA Executive Director Mary Jo Morandini said she'd heard about the contract vote, but hadn't been formally notified about it from the union.

"I don't have anything official about the vote," Morandini said.

The workers are represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 173. They've been working under terms of a contract that expired Dec. 31.

BCTA officials and union leadership have been negotiating a new pact since November, and the union agreed to take an offer to the union membership, Morandini said.

"We never know what's going to pass and what isn't," she said.

She wouldn't detail terms of the contract.

"Everything's running as scheduled," Morandini said of transit service in Beaver County.

This is the second time there's been a hint of strife between the union and BCTA since workers unionized in 2002, according to Times reports.

In 2011, workers also initially rejected a contract after a three-year pact expired in 2010.

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