- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A union that represents dozens of Phoenix area bus operators has voted to reject a proposed new contract.

Transdev, one of the city’s contracted bus service providers, says the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 turned down the contract in a final vote late Friday.

Union members have been meeting since Wednesday on the final contract offer.

Some of the issues of contention include changes to an employee payment system and using vouchers in place of a uniform allowance.

Union members previously approved authorization to strike if necessary.

A call to a union representative was not immediately returned Saturday.

City officials say a strike would disrupt bus service for nearly three dozen routes throughout Phoenix.

Previous bargaining agreements expired at the end of June.

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