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Sky Harbor Airport Shuttle Drivers On Strike

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By KMVT News

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) Some shuttle bus drivers are on strike at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union rallied outside the airport Tuesday.

The strike involves airport shuttle bus drivers and the ambassadors who load the bags onto those shuttles.

They began their strike after voting down a contract offer from shuttle contractor, Veolia Transportation.

The union says the sticking point is how much Veolia wants to charge workers for their health care.

"We're not afraid to strike. We only do it as a last resort. In Phoenix, it took us two years with no contract. At the RCC they've been without a contract for over a year. That means no contract, no wage increase. They've been providing service to the community with no contract to try and settle this," explains Michael Cornelius, ATU Financial Secretary.

Veolia Transportation released a statement saying Tuesday's contract offer was its "best and final offer."

The company says it has a backup plan to keep the airport shuttles operating, but passengers may want to plan ahead for possible delays.


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