- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and the union representing its drivers and mechanics have approved a new contract after a four-day public transportation strike in the southwest Ohio city last week.

The transit authority’s trustees signed off on the contract proposal Tuesday, and several hundred union workers voted to do the same.

The transportation system serves about 30,000 riders daily. It already had resumed bus service last week after the tentative deal was reached.

The agreement resolved a back-payment issue and includes 2 percent raises in 2017, 2018 and 2019. RTA CEO Mark Donaghy tells the Dayton Daily News that the union will defer one of the proposed wage increases for six months, and the transit authority agreed to make lump-sum payments to health savings accounts for employees.

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