The Rapid Board Directors and ATU Local 836 reach agreement

April 29, 2021
A collective bargaining agreement for bus operators and maintenance employees has been approved.

A new three-year contract has been approved by The Rapid’s Board of Directors that will be effective from June 10, 2021, through June 9, 2024.

This round of contract negotiations started in November 2020 with a tentative agreement reached on April 12 that was eventually ratified by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 (ATU) on April 18.

The previous agreement was extended for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The approved agreement includes wage increases and retirement benefits over the next three years.

“We’re extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with the ATU that sets the agency up for success and provides stability for our workforce for the next three years,” said Steve Schipper, COO at The Rapid. “Both sides negotiated in good faith under difficult circumstances created by the pandemic, and this agreement is a great reminder that we’re all on the same team working to provide critical infrastructure and service to our community.”

Throughout the pandemic, service levels and safety regulations have been adjusted due to changing guidance and conditions in the community, but transit service continued to operate without interruption in order to support essential services and community needs.

“I am very proud of the leadership on both sides of the negotiating table,” said Deb Prato, CEO of The Rapid. “In true transit spirit, during an incredibly difficult year, The Rapid and ATU 836 came together negotiating a contract that keeps our community on the move; efficiently, reliably and safely.”