Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Bus Drivers May Walk The Picket Line at Fiesta.

Byline: Patrick Armijo Journal Staff Writer

* Head of another union advises members against filling in on balloon event shuttles

City bus drivers might picket the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and the head of another union is advising his members to refuse to help if there is a shortage of shuttle drivers.

Local 1745 of the United Transportation Union, representing about 200 city bus drivers, plans to vote tonight on a one-year contract offer from the city that includes a 4.5 percent pay increase.

The drivers also will discuss possible picket lines. Robert Gutierrez, chairman of Local 1745, said picketing at the balloon fiesta and the Transit Department center on Yale will be considered. …

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