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Pierce Transit drivers vote to freeze pay

Pierce Transit employees ratified an agreement Wednesday night that freezes pay for most employees and requires workers to take on more health care costs.

A proposed contract was finalized Aug. 17  after 15 months of negotiation.

A release from Pierce Transit and the employees’ union said employees “voted to ratify the agreement that has no wage increases and redesigns medical and dental benefit plans over a three-year labor contract.”

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 758 represents 708 Pierce Transit bus operators, mechanics, mechanics’ supervisors, customer-service staff and some administrative staff.


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Makeup of Pierce Transit board changing, favoring smaller cities

Pierce Transit’s governing board is changing shape after the agency shrank its taxing district. And the biggest governments are ceding some influence to smaller cities.

Six members of the nine-member board are Tacoma residents. When it changes to a new composition May 8, no more than four will hail from the county’s biggest city.

Local officials hashed out changes to the board last week, at a meeting where each of the government jurisdictions that remain in Pierce Transit had one vote — giving smaller jurisdictions a bigger say. The group decided to take one seat each away from Tacoma and Pierce

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Save Pierce County bus service: Buy a brownie

Want to save Pierce County bus service? Buy a brownie.

That’s the tongue-in-cheek message of the Transportation Choices Coalition and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club, which will sponsor a bake sale Tuesday morning to call attention to what it calls a lack of state funding for mass transit.

Inspired by news that Pierce Transit is mulling extensive service cuts in 2012 unless it can find new revenue, the organizations will sell cupcakes, brownies, muffins and cookies for $1 each from 7 to 9 a.m. at Frost Park at 9th and Commerce in downtown Tacoma.

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Short of money, Pierce Transit may cut service dramatically

Pierce Transit may eliminate local bus service in much of the county in 2012 unless it can find new money to balance its budget.

Service would be eliminated in most of East Pierce County, Northeast Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Steilacoom under one scenario described by Pierce Transit officials in a meeting with The News Tribune’s editorial board Wednesday.

One solution: a three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase that would have to be approved by voters. New state or federal revenue also could help save bus service.

Pierce Transit chief executive Lynne Griffith said the agency faces an unprecedented funding crisis as the recession pummels its chief source of revenue: the sales tax.

Without new funding, “we’ll inevitably hit the edge of the cliff and have to make some radical changes,” Griffith told the newspaper’s editorial board.

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