Striking Santa Clarita bus drivers voted to approve a three-year contract Friday, vowing to bring full transit service to the area today and end the 10-day work stoppage that had the local bus company running at 30% capacity.
About 80 of the 105 drivers of Teamsters Union Local 572 met Friday and voted to approve the contract with ATC Vancom, the Illinois-based company that provides bus service for the city.
"Our people felt the package was good enough, and they're going to go back to work tomorrow," said Miguel Lopez, the local's business representative. "There are improvements on medical [benefits] and new guarantees on weekly work."
ATC Vancom General Manager Ken Graska said the deal, which is retroactive to Aug. 5, gives drivers about 17% more pay in total during the next three years. Under their previous contract, drivers made $7.50 to $12 an hour, he said.