(Oxnard, CA) Gold Coast Transit (GCT) is experiencing a shortage of bus operators to cover for pre-approved vacations and other long-term leaves. Additionally, GCT is experiencing a high number of sick calls from bus operators. The bus operators are responding to direction from their union, SEIU Local 721 taken at two recent meetings.
The contracts between GCT and its bus operators, maintenance workers and administrative employees expired in October, 2010 and employees have continued to work under the old contract terms. Negotiations between management and the union have been underway for nine months. GCT management has presented the union with a “last, best and final contract offer” and is meeting with the union on a regular basis to finalize these work contracts.
GCT understands the impact this service disruption has on all of its passengers and the communities it serves and is in daily communication with the union so that a positive resolution will occur as soon as possible.
"The bottom line is to ensure that our passengers can continue to rely upon GCT buses to get them where they need to go,” said Steve Brown, General Manager. “Management is working diligently every day to resolve this as quickly as possible."
Passengers seeking up-to-the-minute information regarding the availability of bus service can click here to view impacted routes or tune in to local media. Passengers can also view GCT's Facebook page (facebook.com/gctransit) and Twitter (@GoldCoastBus), or call 805-487-4222, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers transit agency governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction – Cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura and the County of Ventura.