AC Transit workers ratify labor deal, avert strike

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Workers with a major San Francisco Bay area bus system ratified a labor deal, ending the threat of a strike.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District drivers and mechanics on Friday voted for the agreement, which includes a 9.5-percent wage increase over the next 3 years.

The 1,625 workers rejected two previous proposals negotiated between the union and AC Transit.

Under the new agreement, AC Transit workers will make a flat monthly contribution of $120 per employee for health care.

The agreement comes after a cooling-off period imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The transit system's board of directors is scheduled to vote on the agreement next month.