The Orange County Transportation Authority bus strike is expected Monday as union talks collapse

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — A strike by workers at the Orange County Transportation Department could begin early Monday and disrupt bus service across the region.

Negotiations between OCTA management and the union, which represents mechanics and other maintenance workers, broke down on Sunday, both sides said.

This means that a strike could start as early as one minute after midnight.

Teamster Local 952 represents approximately 150 mechanics and other workers.

Both sides are trying to agree on issues such as wages, pension increases and adjustments to reduce healthcare costs.

The authority still hopes to be able to agree a similar contract with the union as in February with the bus drivers.

“We are offering maintenance workers a similar contract and hope to reach a solution to not disrupt bus service for those who rely on it,” said Megan Abba, spokeswoman for OCTA.

Eric Jimenez of Teamsters Local 952 says the union would rather not quit the job if it can be avoided, but their issues need to be addressed in the negotiations.

“Quiting the job does nothing for the union, its members or the company, but when it comes down to it, we will quit the job if our key concerns and our key demands are not addressed by OCTA at 12:01 p.m., possibly tonight, said Jimenez on Sunday.”

The current contract expired on September 30th.

OCTA urges bus passengers to look for other travel arrangements.

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