RTA, Union release details about tentative agreement

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WRGT) - The RTA and ATU Local 1385 have released details about the tentative agreement reached January 12 after 14 hours of negotiation.

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According to the agreement, union members will both get raises retroactive to 2015 and have their cost of healthcare cut.

The RTA will reportedly pay a lump sum for the wages paid between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, and apply 2 percent raises on each April 1, 2016, October 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018. The raise instated April 1 of last year will be paid retroactively to employees who were on the payroll of April 3 of the same year.

The raises mean the base employee wage for traditional bus drivers and maintenance employees will be about $25 dollars in 2016, increasing to $25.48 and then $25.99. Employees make about 60% of that salary the first year they work for RTA, with an increase of 5% of the total wages for every year they work with the company.

Healthcare costs will also change per the agreement, where employees will pay 15% of the total cost of the plan defined by premium charges for 2015 and 2016. For the current year, the weekly rates are as follows:

For both medical and dental:

Single - $27.53

Married with children - $53.26

Married with spouse - $60.42

Family - $88.21

For just medical:

Single - $21.89

Married with children - $51.08

Married with spouse - $59.15

Family - $86.03

A one time lump sum will be deposited into the Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement accounts for employees, with additional deposits of $500 for those who are registered as single and $1,400 for everyone else.

The two also agreed to develop and maintain a wellness incentive plan, while adding an addendum that all union members will have the same medical, dental and prescription drug benefits as other eligible employees. The union is also supposed to get 30 days notice and an opportunity to make an input ahead of any changes.

Either party can reopen the healthcare discussion with written notice by June 1 of this year. If no agreement is reached, the union has the right to strike provided there is a 10-day notice of intent to strike on December 31, 2017, as per the agreement.

The two parties will meet January 17 to ratify the new contract for union members.