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After 3 years of negotiating CATA, ATU Local 1039 reach contract agreement

Monday, October 31, 2022

Categories: General

The Capital Area Transportation Authority today announced its approval of a new three-year contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1039, which represents CATA’s bus operators, mechanics and utilities employees.

“It’s been a long three years at the bargaining table,” said CATA Chief Executive Officer Bradley T. Funkhouser. “Though it was at times a battle of wills, I’m proud to say that – in the end – both parties committed to and achieved a fair and equitable contract for all stakeholders. We now look forward to continuing to serve our region by focusing on the provision of quality public transportation services. Our riders deserve nothing less.”

CATA Board Chair Nathan Triplett added, “These are indeed challenging times, economically and politically. Public transit is far from immune to those challenges. Both sides of the bargaining table recognized, there has been tremendous pressure for change from riders, employees and taxpayers alike. Our board appreciates the passionate, tireless efforts of each negotiating team throughout this process. Through compromise and a focus on CATA’s mission of serving our riders and region, they delivered a final contract that this board wholeheartedly supports.”

Members of the bargaining unit voted to approve the tentative agreement Sunday, Oct. 30.

“We are happy to have an agreement in place, and we anticipate moving forward with our mission of providing the best transportation services possible to everyone in the CATA service area,” said Steve Soliz, president, ATU Local No. 1039. “The men and women of ATU Local No. 1039 are eager to work with the CATA administration to make this lofty goal happen.”

Following the expiration of the previous contract in November 2019, CATA and its union negotiated for three years in an effort to reach an accord that met the Authority’s operational needs and provided its employees with reasonable adjustments to their wages, benefits and work requirements. The new contract will be in effect Nov. 7, 2022, through Nov. 30, 2025, and includes the following key terms:

  • 17.9 percent wage increase for operators over the term of the agreement
    • Currently, the top pay rate today is $27.78/hour
    • Effective the first pay period following full ratification, pay rate will be $30.40/hour
    • Subsequent pay increases follow:
      • 2.5 percent ($31.16/hour) on July 1, 2023;
      • 3 percent ($32.09/hour) on July 1, 2024; and
      • 3 percent ($33.05)/hour on July 1, 2025
  • Signing bonuses of $5,000 for full-time employees and $2,500 for part-time ATU employees
    • Paid in four installments over a 1.5-year period, with the first payment made during the pay week following ratification
    • All payments will be contingent upon a six-month “lookback period,” resulting in a prorated amount based on attendance
    • Employees hired after ratification will not be eligible for the bonus
  • Compressed wage progression scale reduces time needed to reach top rate of pay from four to two years
  • Work assignment process streamlined to ensure more equitable distribution of work (i.e., overtime) throughout entire workforce
  • Overtime will be limited to only time worked above 40 hours per week, thereby eliminating daily overtime (union business and funeral/bereavement leave will not count as hours/days worked for the purposes of weekly overtime calculation; elimination of sixth-day overtime and seventh-day double time)


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