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Sides at impasse in GET strike

Sides at impasse in GET strike
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - After back-to-back days of negotiations, a union spokesman said sides are at an impasse in the city's bus strike.

About 250 bus drivers, mechanics and other staff went on strike July 15, unhappy with pay and part-time work.

Golden Empire Transit District spokeswoman Gina Hayden said Thursday's meeting went on for three hours and "the union team refused GET's offer and refused to take the offer to the employees."

GET is offering a two-year extension on the existing contract with pay increases of 2 percent this year and 2½ percent next year.

Teamsters originally asked for 4 percent raises in each year of a new three-year deal.

The union later proposed a 3 percent annual pay hike. GET rejected that.

GET officials said they are open to binding arbitration, but the Teamsters have refused. During the arbitration period, employees would return to work, according to GET.

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