DDOT reaches agreement following walkout; drivers to return to work Monday

Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:52:47-04

The Detroit Department of Transportation and Transit Union Local 26 have reached an agreement following a walkout on Friday by drivers due to unsafe conditions.

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DDOT bus drivers returned to their posts early Monday morning, according to City of Detroit spokesman John Roach.

Detroit bus drivers were at an impasse with the city over safety concerns, and formed a walkout over conditions on Friday. That resulted in no DDOT bus service over the weekend.

Hundreds of drivers said they weren't driving their routes until the city and Detroit police address ongoing safety concerns. Drivers chose not to leave the terminal on Friday and there was no bus service.

Mayor Mike Duggan held a press conference Saturday to address the bus shutdown. He said the bus drivers' actions went against union labor laws and the city's contract.

Sunday evening, union members and the city met in an effort to reach some sort of an agreement. During the discussion, additional safety provisions were agreed upon, including DDOT providing mandatory customer service and de-escalation training, having barriers installed on buses and free face masks available for riders. Details of the agreement are outlined below.

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