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Jul 22, 2010 10:14 PM by Ariel Wesler

City bus drivers reach deal with First Transit to avoid strike

Bus drivers in Santa Maria have decided not go on strike. The union was able to reach a deal with First Transit--the company that contracts with the city of Santa Maria. Talks between the two groups have been going on for months since First Transit took over. Contract negotiations failed three weeks ago and the bus drivers union threatened to strike.

"Put yourself in our shoes. We all have families, just like everyone else, and we all have to make ends meet and this just isn't cutting it," said Angie Miller, a bus driver and union steward.

The new contract will give bus drivers between a six and 30 percent pay increase over the next three years and reduce the cost of medical benefits. First Transit did not return our request for comment.

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