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Monday Strike Would Shut Down Fresno Bus Service, Union Warns

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FAX drivers may go on strike Monday. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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The union representing 260 bus drivers who work for Fresno FAX Transit warned passengers Friday of a possible strike on Monday that would shut down 18 bus routes.

ATU Local 1027 says the drivers authorized a strike on May 1. Drivers have been without a contract since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the union claims the city is demanding unfair and unsafe provisions before signing a new contract.

Those provisions include:

  • Changes to overtime and scheduling that the union says would require the drivers to work longer for less pay and also to have erratic schedules. The union says such provisions will contribute to driver fatigue and make the roads less safe for bus passengers as well as other drivers.
  • Unlimited video access aboard buses for supervisors, which the union says is not the industry norm and could pose a distraction for drivers.

Mayor Jerry Dyer is hoping that the city can still work out a resolution and avoid a service interruption, spokeswoman Sontaya Rose said.

“At this time, we are aware of a strike possibility and are working through our options now,” she said.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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