Published on: February 4, 2024 at 04:52 hours.
Last updated on: February 4, 2024 at 04:52 h.
The Las Vegas Giants agreed to a tentative contract just days before they play Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium.
Bus drivers and mechanics had threatened to strike if they did not receive an acceptable offer.
Super Bowl impact avoided
That would have caused chaos for many of the 330,000 expected visitors to the Super Bowl and the days leading up to the popular event.
Public buses are among the only options available to tourists and locals for getting around in and around Las Vegas.
Of particular concern for the Super Bowl is that authorities do not plan to allow taxis, as well as Uber or Lyft vehicles, to drive near Allegiant Stadium, according to union members.
Employees at many hotels, casinos, and restaurants in Las Vegas also rely on public buses to get to and from work.
But after recent negotiations, the drivers and mechanics have agreed to the initial contract, officials announced on Saturday.
Transdev, which operates public bus service for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) in Southern Nevada, and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1637, have been negotiating for months to reach an agreement.
The deal still needs approval by about 1,200 rank-and-file union members. The advance offer was rejected by workers in January.
Details of the new contract were not revealed to the public.
There was relief that the new agreement was reached before Super Bowl week.
“We thank our ATU members for their service to the community and are excited to shift the focus to moving passengers safely and reliably throughout Las Vegas – including next week when all eyes are on us with the upcoming Super Bowl,” Ron Bushman, Transdev’s regional vice president, said in a statement.
Beyond salary levels, bus drivers were concerned about worker safety. Seventeen acts of violence occurred on RTC buses between March and September of 2023.
Drivers have been spat at, punched and assaulted, and witnessed other violent incidents on bus service, according to the union.
The Super Bowl starts at 3:30 PM PT. The game will feature the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers, and Usher will be the halftime performer.
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