Stage-driver union talks go to mediator |

Stage-driver union talks go to mediator

Reid Williams

SUMMIT COUNTY – Negotiations between management and the Summit Stage bus drivers’ union have stalled and will require a mediator.

Summit Transit Director Bill Watterson told the county’s Transit Board Thursday that “talks have reached an impasse.” A professional mediator will facilitate the negotiations when Watterson and other county officials sit down with Amalgamated Transit Union representatives Aug. 26.

Stage drivers voted to unionize in July 2001. They rejected a labor agreement proposed by the county in May.

“In general, the primary issue seems to be wages tracked out into the future,” Watterson said. “But it’s all an interrelated puzzle.”

Watterson said the impasse wasn’t much of a surprise; the same thing happened after Roaring Fork Transit Authority drivers unionized, he said.

Watterson also said talks remain friendly and Stage employees continue to work together in a professional manner. ATU representatives could not be reached for comment.

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