Rapid bus drivers march to protest pension changes

Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-14 17:09:01-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids bus drivers are protesting for a second time this week changes to their pension plan.

The Amalgamated Transit Union, ATU, is marching Friday from Rosa Parks Circle, along the Silver Line, to Grand Rapids City Hall.

They are protesting a proposal from Rapid management to doing away with the traditional defined pension plan to adopt a plan that resembles a 401k, where employees contribute to a retirement plan.  Pensions would be frozen for current employees at their present years-of-service, meaning retiree pensions would not be affected.

The Rapid says they need to be responsible with public funding.

Spokespeople say there are three scheduled negotiations for next week.