OXNARD, California –
On December 7, 2011, the Gold Coast Transit Board of Directors voted unanimously to implement the last, best and final offers for two units of employees represented by Service Employees International Union Local 721 (Local 721).
After over a year of negotiations without reaching consensus, the GCT Board of Directors took action in November to declare an impasse. A meeting as required by GCT’s impasse procedures was held with labor negotiators on December 1, 2011 to make one last attempt to resolve outstanding issues. Subsequent to that meeting, GCT received a counter proposal from Local 721. After careful review of the counter proposal, the Board of Directors voted to implement the last, best and final offers for its Bus Operator and Mechanical units.
“The offers are extremely fair for all employees in these units, because they hold wages and benefits stable over the next two years. This will pave the way for us to work collectively and provide excellent customer service over the next two years,” said Steven Brown, GCT’s General Manager.
Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers authority serving the cities of Oxnard, Ventura, Port Hueneme and Ojai as well as the County of Ventura.