IR #00-12
Monday Septembe 18, 2000

Janet Coffman
(916) 324-4164
Dean Fryer
(415) 703-5050

Transit union and management to return to bargaining table

The State Mediation and Conciliation Service announced this evening that the United Transportation Union (UTU) and management of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) are returning to the bargaining table at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Pasadena Hilton.

"The only way the many complex issues can be resolved is with the active participation of both the union and management," said Micki Callahan, the chief of the State Mediation and Conciliation Service. "Resuming these talks is critical to resolving the dispute."

Negotiations between the UTU and the MTA broke down late Friday night, leading to a strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. State mediators immediately proposed the parties continue negotiations on Saturday and Monday. For the remainder of the weekend and for most of today, their efforts were focused on getting the parties back to the table. Today the parties agreed to the mediators' request that they resume discussions.

The State Mediation and Conciliation Service is a division of the California Department of Industrial Relations. The service is responsible for the mediation of all public sector labor disputes in the state. The service's 15 mediators resolve more than 400 contract disputes each year. By law and by policy, the mediators are required to maintain strict confidentiality about mediation proceedings

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