BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - GET held a press conference Monday after a strike by union employees ended Sunday.
The strike lasted 34 days.
The union has agreed to a three year term and pay raises for employees.
GET spokesperson Gina Hayden said all rides will be free for the public until September 1, and they will also be exchanging passes from August. The buses will begin running again Tuesday.
GET said layoffs and increasing fares is their very last resort if they start having budget problems in the future.
Union official Chester Suniga said not everyone is happy with the deal, but they all realized other people have been impacted and that contributed to the agreement being made.
"The public has always been on our mind, drivers have been giving rides to people in their free time," said Suniga.
"We want this to be a great place to work, and we want to provide this service to the community," said Hayden.
Hayden said their priority for today is to get the buses up and running again.
The union official said the company agreed to go back to April 1 for retropay.
"School starting really was a pressure point for both sides," said Hayden.
Hayden said GET's message to the public is that they're "sorry they were caught in the middle, there were issues on both sides, we know it was difficult for them, we have resolved those and we're ready to start service again."
Download our 23ABC mobile and tablet app to stay up-to-date with this story and community news.
iPhone - http://bit.ly/23ABCiPhone
Android - http://bit.ly/23ABCAndroid
iPad - http://bit.ly/23ABCiPad
Kindle - http://bit.ly/23ABCKindle
Windows 8 - http://bit.ly/23ABCWindows
Like 23ABC’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/23ABCBakersfield
Follow us on Twitter @23ABCNews
Man arrested in sexual assault case
Officials with the Bakersfield Police Department said on Saturday night that they have made an arrest in a sexual assault case that took…
BPD: Man arrested for attempted murder
Officials with the Bakersfield Police Department said a man was arrested for an attempted murder case on Saturday.
BPD's DUI checkpoint nets 2 arrests, cites 32
The Bakersfield Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in the 2200 block of Mt. Vernon…
Scalia's passing creates bipartisan turmoil
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's passing on Saturday has caused social media to buzz about who should pick the his replacement.