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Mediator to set date to resume negotiations between RTA and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Chief Executive Officer Mark Donaghy (937) 425-8390

(DAYTON, OHIO)… A state mediator will be setting a new date to resume negotiations between the Greater Dayton RTA and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 for a successor contract. 

“I wanted to update you on this matter as I understand there are a variety of statements being made,” RTA CEO Mark Donaghy said Tuesday afternoon. “Our counsel advises me that both parties have been in contact with the mediator and he is in the process of scheduling the meeting to restart the mediation.” 

ATU union members walked out effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 after the union and the RTA could not reach a contract agreement following numerous negotiation sessions, including an eight-hour session Sunday morning with a certified mediator and a last-minute meeting at Dayton City Hall. The strike effectively strands 30,000 daily RTA passengers who depend on the bus service for transportation to work, school and medical appointments. The RTA is running an abbreviated Project Mobility service to assist customers with medically-necessary trips such as dialysis during the strike. The ATU represents about 450 drivers and mechanics. 

For accurate, up-to-date information on the negotiations and all strike-related statements, the RTA is asking customers to go to or receive updates via RTA’s social media: Facebook: or Twitter: @GDRTA. 

RTA is Ohio’s greenest fleet, and serves 3,300 stops on 31 routes throughout Montgomery and parts of Greene County. The agency operates diesel, hybrid diesel, and electric trolley buses that take people to work, school and shopping. Customers ride RTA on more than 9 million passenger trips each year. RTA is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service as the region’s first choice for alternative transportation.