Cities pass transit union resolutions

by Drew Geraets

The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution Friday urging Metro Transit and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 to reach a contract agreement.

Workers with the local union could go on strike as soon as Wednesday.

The St. Paul City Council passed a similar resolution last Wednesday.

Minneapolis City Council member Paul Zerby, 2nd Ward, said the declarations from two city councils and Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., illustrate the importance of reaching a deal.

Sabo issued a statement last Thursday insisting that both sides resume negotiations.

“Rising health-care costs coupled with state and local budget cuts certainly complicate negotiations,” Sabo said in the statement. “However, I urge both sides to return to the bargaining table, because the consequences of their failure to reach agreement will be serious and far reaching.”