GET, Union agree to resume bus service after 34 days on strike

GET, Union reached tentative agreement on Friday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The GET bus strike is finally over. 

After 34 days without public transit, the Golden Empire District and members of the Teamsters Union voted "yes" on a tentative agreement that puts an end to a long-month strike which affected thousands of residents citywide.

RELATED: Golden Empire Transit District workers on strike.

According to a union worker 23ABC spoke to, 158 members of the union voted in favor of the tentative agreement, while only 29 voted against it. 

The tentative agreement GET bus and the Union agreed to was a three-year contract that includes:

  • A three percent raise for the first year
  • A two-and-half percent raise the second year and
  • A two percent raise the third year.

 

 

Union spokesman Chester Suniga said the agreement was longer and has a smaller pay increase than a previous proposal that was rejected on Thursday, August 14 .

GET was offering a one year extension of the contract with a three percent raise for drivers.

The GET Bus strike affected not only the elderly , but also many students attending summer school . It also led to more people using ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft

GET spokeswoman Gina Hayden said in a statement that the GET management team will be meeting on Monday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. 

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