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Aug 1, 2012 12:32 AM

Sun Tran and Teamsters reach agreement in final hours

TUCSON - It was just two years ago that Tucson experienced a week long strike involving Sun Tran employees in August of 2010.

It looked like another strike might happen again as it came down to the final hours between Teamsters Local #104 and Sun Tran.

The day started with a text message sent to union employees of Sun Tran saying "Attention Teamster brothers and sisters. Business as usual tomorrow. please continue to go to work. Be alert for more updates possibly tonight or tomorrow".

After a long day of negotiations the good news came at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday as Sun Tran officials released a statement announcing a tentative agreement on a new contract. Earlier in the evening both Teamster representative Andy Marshall and Michele Joseph of Sun Tran told News 4 each side was determined to reach a settlement and both agreed to go past the midnight deadline if necessary.

The current contract will run through midnight on Thursday giving all 497 union members the chance to vote on the new deal.

Most importantly it means there will be no interuption in service for riders at least through Thursday night.

News 4 Tucson will continue to update the latest on the agreement and any possible service interruptions.

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