MST and Department of Labor Find Agreement, Avoid Service Cuts
December 21, 2012
Public transit riders will be able to get around to their holiday dinner destinations, after Monterey-Salinas Transit and the U.S. Department of Labor came to an agreement Friday afternoon that will allow federal funding to keep flowing to MST.
The Amalgamated Transit Union had filed an objection to MST's most recent grant application, for over $3 million, citing concerns that MST's compliance with a new California state law would limit bus drivers' collective bargaining rights.
But after conferring Thursday, MST and the Department of Labor found a middle ground—for now.
"There's still no long term solution for California transit agencies," says MST General Manager Carl Sedoryk. "This is going to be a long fight between the state and the federal government, and my prediction is that for future grants, we might have to go through the same process."
MST's next federal grant application will be due in April.
Note: Two meetings scheduled for the first week of January to discuss service cuts have been cancelled, since no temporary service cuts will now need to be made.