A Strike That Would Affect All Aspects Of The BRTA Is Delayed
A scheduled strike at the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has been delayed. Iberkshires.com reports that BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati issued a notice yesterday saying the paratransit operators have delayed a strike scheduled to begin next Monday.
A federal mediator will be meeting with BRTA on February 21st to further discuss the situation and has asked the union workers to delay their strike. Drivers for Paratransit Management of the Berkshires voted down the best and final offer during contract negotiations and voted on February 6th to strike.
The strike would impact all aspects of the BRTA. Malnati says that the fixed route operators, mechanics, and maintenance staff would not be able to cross picket lines. Close to 80,000 of the BRTA’s ridership depends on the paratransit service.
The 18 workers are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 404.
If the strike would occur it would impact all aspects of the BRTA. The fixed route operators, mechanics, and maintenance staff would not be able to cross picket lines, according to Malnati.
The Intermodal Center would remain open during a strike and Peter Pan, Greyhound, and Amtrak will still stop in Pittsfield.