SAN DIEGO, May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 300 Teamsters Local 542 members performing paratransit transit service (including bus drivers, fuel/washers, mechanics, and reservationists) for First Transit in San Diego turned down the company's last and final contract offer on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Drivers, fuel/washers, mechanics and reservationists walked out on strike early at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 to demand better wages, time off and health insurance benefits.
"Our members provide an essential transit service to the city of San Diego," said Jaime Vasquez, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 542. "We will fight to get improved wages and benefits for all of the hardworking bus drivers, washers, mechanics and reservationists that keep the paratransit system running."
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.