Drivers for MBTA’s RIDE service approve new contract, ending strike

BOSTON — Members of Teamsters Local 25 who work for the MBTA’s ‘The RIDE’ paratransit service have approved their company’s revised contract, bringing an end to an eight-day strike, the union announced on Sunday.

One week after 350 drivers, who have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, unanimously voted to go on strike, a vote supporting the new contract passed with 90% approval.

Those workers are employed by Veterans Transportation.

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“Our members at Veterans Transportation are heroes who have put themselves and their families at risk during the pandemic, providing transit services for our most at-risk citizens,” said Sean O’Brien, the president of Teamsters Local 25, in the union’s announcement of the deal.

“Teamsters Local 25 is proud to represent the MBTA The RIDE drivers and will never stop fighting to make sure our members are treated with dignity and respect and receive fair wages, affordable health insurance and a safe working environment.”

The MBTA also released a statement regarding the vote that ended the week-long strike.

“The RIDE is an essential transportation service and we are pleased this situation resolved itself with a mutually beneficial outcome for all parties, including our most at-risk and vulnerable customers,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak in that statement.

The MBTA expects The RIDE to be fully staffed by Monday July 20. Those wishing to book a trip with The RIDE can do so by calling 844-427-7433.

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