GET, union still haven't reached agreement

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Golden Empire Transit District and the union met again on Thursday for approximately 3 hours, and GET spokesperson Gina Hayden said the union team refused GET's offer and also refused to take the offer to the employees.

GET said it will offer a two year extension on the existing contract with increases of 2 percent in 2014 and 2 ½ percent in 2015.

In addition to contracted increases, GET said some bargaining employees receive additional “step” increases. New employees and promoted employees receive step increases ranging from 4.5 percent to 17 percent.

GET spokesperson Gina Hayden said GET is committed to finding a solution to this dispute and are still offering work to any employee who reports for work.

Hayden also said GET is willing to enter binding arbitration at any time. The arbitrator would hear both sides present their cases and make a decision that is binding.

During the arbitration period, employees would return to work.

During the strike, GET administrative employees are providing GET-A-Lift paratransit service to those customers who are dependent on transportation for serious medical needs.

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