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About 100,000 bus riders across Orange County found themselves stranded Thursday after maintenance workers called for a strike amid stalled labor negotiations with the Orange County Transportation Authority.
The union representing about 150 mechanics, machinists and service technicians accused the OCTA of walking out of negotiations, while the transportation agency said it offered maintenance workers a contract that would provide pay raises and lower healthcare costs.
Without workers to service the vehicles, buses running about 50 routes across O.C. and servicing roughly 100,000 daily passengers remain off the roads, with no comparable alternative for people who rely on public transportation.
“We understand how this labor dispute will adversely affect thousands of riders who depend on the bus system for their transportation needs,” Eric Jimenez, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 952, the union representing maintenance workers, said in a statement. “We have done everything in our power to avoid a strike. They have even rejected our proposals that would save them money on members’ healthcare. But when OCTA walked away from the table on Monday, they gave us no other choice.”
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