Could tentative agreement reached by GET, Union end month-long strike?

Special meeting taking place Sat. at 3:00 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - There may finally be an end to the month-long GET Bus strike after union leaders and GET officials reached a tentative agreement Friday night. 

"I am very happy we can get our busses back on the road again," was the reaction from one of the GET Bus drivers Friday evening.

Neither side, however, will release the terms of the deal. But 23ABC did get a hint of what is involved.

"It's an offer that we are willing to take back to the membership and have them vote," said Chester Suniga with Teamsters Local 517. "It's not quite what we were hoping for, but we feel possibly it's a decent enough offer that the membership deserves to vote on it."

Suniga said this deal is longer than the last offer and as a slightly smaller pay increase. The last offer was one year and a three percent raise increase. Suniga said This deal will be more than a year and a pay increase less than three percent.

"The wages, like I sad, are not where we want them to be, but [they're] close," Suniga said.

The GET Board of Directors will hear from negotiators at a special meeting on Saturday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m. An hour later, the Union will present the offer to their workers. Members will be allowed to vote openly on the deal all throughout Sunday evening.

Gina Hayden, the GET Spokeswoman said the meeting does not mean that workers will return to work Monday. 

"The union must take it to their members first. Their members must vote to approve. Once the members approve, it would come to the GET Board and the GET Board would then ratify the contract," Hayden said.

For the first time since the strike started back in July 15, Union leaders say they will recommend members approve the offer. 

It's not clear how the two sides were able to reach a deal just a day after an overwhelming rejection of the last offer. 

"I think they reached a point where there was some willingness to have more compromise," said Hayden. 

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