SORTA Board rejects state fact finder's report for new Metro Labor Contract

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Board of Trustees for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority rejected a report by the State Employment Relations Board Tuesday that would have allowed for a new Metro Union contract.

The SORTA board cited multiple reasons for its rejection of the SERB report, including $5 million in wage increases, lack of clarity on health insurance, and overall cost impacts.

According to the SORTA board, these suggestions would eliminate all of Metro's Sunday service and a 38% reduction in Saturday service.

The current contract with Metro expired on Monday. The workers for Metro will continue to work under the terms of that contract until negotiations are reached for a new contract.

It is SORTA's intent to resume negotiations.

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