Sides meet but find no resolution in GET strike

Sides meet but find no resolution in GET strike »Play Video
FILE -- Golden Empire Transit District union members picket Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in a labor strike, impacting public transportation throughout Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Steve Mills)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A negotiating meeting proved fruitless Thursday with the city's bus strike now in its third week.

Union drivers, mechanics and other support staff went on strike July 15, unhappy with pay and the part-time status of more than half of their GET drivers. The union was asking for a 4 percent wage increase every year over a three-year deal.

In the past weeks, counter proposals were shot down by each side. Terms of those deals weren't made public.

Golden Empire Transit District officials said they are open to arbitration, but Teamsters officials have refused.

Officials with both the union and GET said they remain at an impasse after Thursday's negotiating session. They didn't say when they will meet again.