Island Transit reaches contract with union

Island Transit finally has a contract with bus operators and dispatchers.

The agency’s board approved a labor agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Unit, Local 1576, at the meeting Friday. It went into effect Sunday and goes until April 27, 2020.

The operators and dispatchers organized after Island Transit’s fiscal crisis in 2014, which resulted in a round of layoffs. Rumors of favoritism and unfair treatment of employees by the agencies’ leadership circulated during that period. One former employee even filed a lawsuit.

Island Transit Director Mike Nortier said negotiations with the union started two years ago, before he was hired, but was finally completed amicably.

The union members voted to ratify the agreement last week and the board’s approval made it official.

The contract sets a wage scale and includes a 2-percent, cost-of-living adjustment each year. It also codifies such policies as progressive discipline.

There’s nothing out of the ordinary in the contract, Nortier said.

The union is made up of about 65 operators and seven dispatchers.

More in News

Man accused of raping his stepdaughter

An Oak Harbor man is accused of raping his stepdaughter over a… Continue reading

Car thief threatens judge

A car thief who threatened a judge in court was recently sent… Continue reading

New year, sheriff, off to busy start

With a murder and plane crash within the first two weeks of… Continue reading

Boy, 12, brings BB gun, knives to school

A 12-year-old boy could face a criminal charge for bringing a BB… Continue reading

Commissioners may revisit new events regulations

Island County commissioners are considering changes to recently adopted rural event regulations… Continue reading

Carlyle hits the gas on renewable energy bill

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill to transition Washington… Continue reading

Taxation with representation: Senate holds hearing on capital gains tax

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau People representing small business owners… Continue reading

‘Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs’ initiative could be on November ballot

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau “Bring Back Our $30 Car… Continue reading

Most Read