VTA Approves Pay Bump, Bonuses For Santa Clara County Workers

Posted Sun, Jan 9, 2022 at 3:40 pm PT Reply

January 7, 2022 Some VTA workers will see wage increases and a large bonus following approval of a new union contract with the public transit agency.

VTA’s board of directors voted 11-1 in favor of an agreement that establishes a 10% pay raise over the next three years for members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265. The agreement also grants each ATU member a one-time $3,500 “appreciation bonus.” The agreement, which covers March 7, 2022 through March 3, 2025, will affect roughly 1,500 VTA workers, including bus and light rail operators. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo cast the lone dissenting vote against the agreement. He applauded the parties for negotiating in good faith and weathering a difficult year, but raised concerns about how the agreement will impact VTA’s fiscal operations in the future.