On October 11th, members of the ATU’s Local 85 voted to ratify a contract that included $60 million in concessions over the next four years. Their actions, along with funds from the state and county, averted the devastating 35% service cut that had been slated to take effect in September. However, all of this is only a band-aid for the transit crisis in our region. The ATU did more than their part; now it’s the State’s turn to do theirs.
PPT was at the Convention Center for the vote and subsequent news conference to show our support for transit workers and remind the Greater-Pittsburgh community that we still need an adequate and sustainable source of government funding if we don’t want to be facing more cuts next year.
We still have a long fight ahead of us to make that happen. If you would like to join the group of public transit riders and workers who are organizing a campaign to push for a long-term funding solution to put a stop to the transit crisis once and for all, we invite you to come to our NEXT PPT MEETING: Saturday, October 20th, at 10 am at The Thomas Merton Center (5129 Penn Ave).
Read up on the new ATU contract in the Post-Gazette’s article, “Port Authority Ratifies Contract to Head Off Service Cuts,” which includes a quote from PPT’s own Jonah McAllister!
Check out PPT’s Op-Ed, “Public Transit Still Needs to be Saved,” published in the Post-Gazette!