Aug 7, 2013 11:49 AM by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A union representing workers for a San Francisco Bay Area bus system says it has avoided a strike by reaching an 11th-hour tentative labor agreement.
Officials from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 say the deal struck late Tuesday by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District came just before a deadline that would have sent workers striking at midnight.
ATU officials say the agreement gives about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and clerical workers a 9.5 percent raise over the course of the three-year deal, and they will have to contribute to their medical benefits.
The deal still has to be ratified by the rank-and-file later this month.
The bus system serves about 180,000 passengers each weekday in the San Francisco's East Bay region.
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