By Ralph Schwartz
Mark Lowry, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 843, announced shortly after midnight Monday, Dec. 17, on his public Facebook page that the union has reached an agreement with the Whatcom Transportation Authority on a new contract.
The deal is tentative, pending a vote of union members and approval by the WTA Board of Directors. Both votes are expected in January, according to Lowry and WTA spokeswoman Maureen McCarthy.
Neither Lowry nor McCarthy were willing to discuss particulars of the agreement because it isn’t final until the votes.
Lowry did provide some specifics, however, on his Facebook post:
We won a wage that just barely edges out inflation, and we surrendered our Cadillac medical plan that was no longer viable for one that is acceptable, if not quite as good, with some consolation prizes to make it sting less.
Expect a more detailed report in the newspaper after the terms of the agreement become public.