Updated 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20
Unionized Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority workers voted overwhelmingly to reject the South Bay transit agency's "last, best and final" offer to resolve wage and pension issues, clearing the way for a possible strike next week.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 members voted 912-92 to reject VTA's offer, according to the transportation authority. The results were announced Thursday.
"The last, best and final offer that they finally gave us to give to our membership was the same proposal that they passed across the table at least the last six times in negotiations. So we question their motivation to get this thing done," said John Courtney, recording and financial secretary for ATU Local 265, which represents VTA workers that include bus and light-rail operators, mechanics and dispatchers.
ATU Local 265 voted on March 20 to authorize a strike. The union must provide a 72-hour notice before striking.