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Mediation begins in Valley bus union-operator negotiations

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PHOENIX- Mediation begins Monday between the union representing bus drivers in the metro Phoenix area and the company that operates them.

There is a new middle man in the fight between Transdev and the Amalgamated Transit Union. Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor has been hired to help the two parties settle a collective bargaining agreement in hopes of avoiding a bus driver strike.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said it’s imperative both parties work as hard as possible to avoid a strike.

“Phoenix residents deserve uninterrupted transit service, and both sides have a responsibility to get work and reach a deal,” Stanton said. “I’m very grateful to Chief Justice McGregor for agreeing to mediate toward a resolution.”

Union workers have accused Transdev of unfair labor practices.