Access Personal Transit supervisors ratify contract

SEATTLE – Operations supervisors who oversee door-to-door transportation for King County Metro Transit’s Access Personal Transit have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

AcessTransitVanThe workers, who are employed by Solid Ground Transportation, voted unanimously Aug. 27 to accept the agreement. They are members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

Under the terms of the agreement, the seven workers in the bargaining unit will receive:

  • Immediate 2 percent wage increases, plus raises of 2.5 percent in January 2016 and January 2017;
  • Improved employer 401(k) matches;
  • Increases in paid time off, plus an additional holiday (the Friday after Thanksgiving);
  • Improvements to the bonuses paid to those called in to work on holidays.

Solid Ground Transportation is a non-profit agency that contracts with King County Metro to provide Metro’s Access Personal Transit service. Through the service, people who are elderly or who have disabilities can get next-day transportation for things like medical appointments, visits with family or friends, or trips to work or to grocery stores.

“The Machinists at Solid Ground provide an invaluable service to their clients, who typically wouldn’t be able to take care of basic chores without the personal transit service,” said Ron Bradley, the IAM 751 business rep who led the union bargaining team. “They deserve this kind of good union contract.”

For more information about Metro’s Access Personal Transit service, go online at metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/accessible.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 32,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

To talk with an IAM 751 representative about how you can join the Machinists Union, click here.

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