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Metro Transit Workers Authorize Strike

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Metro workers meet Monday to decide whether to strike. (KMOX/Allison Blood)

Metro workers meet Monday to decide whether to strike. (KMOX/Allison Blood)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Employees of Metro Transit voted Tuesday to authorize a strike. Union officials say 90% of the members of Amalgamated Transit Local 788 voted to authorize a strike.

Amalgamated Transit Union President Mike Breihan says union members voted at Union Hall in Soulard.

“We’re not asking for the moon. All we are asking for is to make a decent living, a decent pension for our members and our family.” said Breihan.

Breihan said no one wants really wants to strike.

“We don’t want to strike” Breihan says. “We want to be able to take care of our riding public like we always have in the past.”

He says this fight is really about pensions and health care coverage.

It will be July before the public would see a walk-out.

The union hopes to sit down with Metro, but they are not hopeful that will happen. A mediator will intervene June 28th.

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