The local transit union late Sunday ratified a new two-year contract with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which operates Metro bus service. The vote was 304 to 210.
The new contract for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 includes a 3 percent pay increase each year based on the top operator's hourly rate of $18.52 an hour.
The union changed health carriers, but benefits remained the same with the cost of the family plan coverage decreasing slightly.
"The negotiations were very serious, but both sides were very open and candid," said Mitchell Hampton, union president.
Paul Jablonski, Metro chief executive officer and general manager, said Sunday night that SORTA officials were pleased with the vote.
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