Rapid workers reject contract proposal

Rapid workers reject contract proposal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Unionized workers at The Rapid have rejected the latest contract proposal presented by the Grand Rapids Metro bus service.

A spokesperson for The Rapid said the latest proposed contract offered union workers a 13 percent raise in the first year and an additional 4 percent for evening and weekend shifts, as well as a new floating holiday. The spokesperson also said the new policy would have required employees to give one day’s notice if they needed to miss work instead of the current policy of calling in at least an hour before a shift.

In a press release, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 said The Rapid’s contract offered “inadequate wages, restrictions on the use of paid time off, limited access to public agency property for union members and numerous other damning proposals.”

After the contract was offered, 98 percent of Rapid workers rejected the proposal, the union said.

Contract disputes are nothing new. In January 2023, workers at The Rapid picketeddemanding a wage increase.

The union says it is “currently developing a strategy for the next steps” and considering all options.