Pr. William area bus drivers might strike
Bus operators for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission could strike Wednesday if they fail to reach a new contract agreement by midnight March 2.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union representing the roughly 150 bus operators, is negotiating a new contract with First Transit, the agency PRTC uses to operate the local and commuter buses that serve the Prince William region.
PRTC officials said that they are not privy to the details of the negotiation, but that a plan is in place to maintain bus service Wednesday if operators strike. First Transit has outlined a contingency plan that would include using any operator who decides not to strike, newly recruited operators who have just completed the First Transit's training program and supervisors of the transit agency who are licensed to operate buses.
PRTC officials said First Transit would also recruit operators from other bus companies in the area if needed.
If First Transit can't find enough drivers to operate all buses Wednesday, PRTC will send a rider express e-mail out, have information on the PRTCtransit.org Web site and have a recorded message at 703-730-6664.
-- Jennifer Buske
Washington Post Editors
March 1, 2010; 6:18 PM ET
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