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    MTD Continues Negotiations with Employee Union, No Comment on Strike

    July 18, 2022 // Teamsters Local 186, the Santa Barbara County union for MTD employees, announced that it had sanctioned a strike against MTD supervisors on July 7, citing COVID-related deaths among staff, a lack of hazard pay, and employees being terminated for comorbidities. Negotiations between MTD leadership and the union began on Tuesday, but Union leaders have declined to comment on specific demands and have not responded to requests for comment on the possibility of a strike. In the initial release announcing the potential strike, Teamsters wrote that MTD also gave its management 18 percent raises during the pandemic and is preparing to shift from full-time to part-time drivers. Hillary Blackerby