8/7/23 Update on Negotiations

August 7, 2023


Andrea Meza
ameza@gctd.org, 805-483-3959 x 103

GCTD Board Approves Final Agreement with Teamsters Following Negotiations

Oxnard, CA – Gold Coast Transit District, the leading transit service provider in Ventura County, is pleased to announce that a final agreement with Teamsters Local 186 who represent 17 Supervisors, was approved by its Board of Directors. The previous contract expired on June 30th, 2023.

Since April, the transit agency and the labor union have been engaged in productive discussions aimed at addressing the priorities of both parties. The successful resolution of these negotiations demonstrates a shared commitment to the success of the employees, the provision of efficient operations, and the delivery of reliable transportation for our youth, seniors, people with disabilities and others who rely on GCTD for essential services.

“The new contract agreement embodies the efforts of Gold Coast Transit District and Teamsters to balance the needs of the community we serve, while continuing to provide fair compensation for the employees and their families”, said GCTD General Manager, Vanessa Rauschenberger.

The five-member Board convened for a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 26th, to review the final terms and vote to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The contract was unanimously approved.

The new three-year contract ensures fair wages and enhanced benefits including at 14% increase over the term of the contact, equity adjustments to a few salary ranges, the addition of a paid holiday (Juneteenth) and increased reimbursements for tuition, tools, and more.

Information on the progress of these negotiations can be found here.

About the District: Gold Coast Transit District provides safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible fixed-route bus and paratransit public transportation that serves the diverse needs of the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Ventura, and in the unincorporated County areas between the cities. Utilizing a fleet of 61 clean natural gas-fueled buses, and 26 paratransit buses and vans, GCTD carries nearly 3 million passengers annually on its 20 bus routes. GCTD is the largest provider of public transit in Ventura County and is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction.  For more information or to plan your trip, visit www.gctd.org.