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Strike Service Update

Paratransit Management of the Berkshires, the operating company managing the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) paratransit service was informed a short time ago that the most recent offer for a new paratransit service labor agreement was rejected by the employees represented by Teamsters Local 404. The latest proposal presented would have provided for annual January 1 wage increases in addition to the July 1 increases included in the previously rejected proposal.

The latest proposal also included the previously offered additional paid days off and other allowances.

BRTA believes that both of the rejected proposals, which remain available for acceptance, are fair and equitable to the employees and would keep the BRTA on viable financial ground to ensure the best likelihood of continuing the paratransit service at its current levels. Nine months ago, public meetings were held to outline proposed service changes in order to balance the FY18 budget.

BRTA is disappointed in the rejection by the union of the latest offer and requests your continued patience as it works toward a financially responsible solution.

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