Transportation Authority Engineers and Architects Make Strides at the Bargaining Table

Our chapter at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is bargaining a new contract, and negotiations have been positive so far. Local 21 passed an economic proposal that would realign Members’ salary and provide raises over a four-year contract. Management responded with a four-year counter, raises, and a small increase to employees’ health insurance costs.

VTA’s four Unions turned out to a recent VTA Board of Directors meeting to urge a fairer wage structure. Transportation Authority Engineers and Architects are below average on the pay scale and the Bargaining Team wants to make improvements to their pay. President Franceen Weisert-Anderson and Vice President Harry Yip spoke at the meeting, urging Directors to ask for an accurate study from staff that compares licensed engineers and architects across Bay Area agencies. Another big issue is analyzing VTA’s pension proposal, which seeks to incorporate tenets of the new California pension reform, also known as PEPRA.