Update on Negotiations between GCTD and Teamsters

June 30, 2023


Vanessa Rauschenberger



Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 186, are currently meeting to negotiate a new contract for GCTD’s seventeen (17) supervisory employees which expires at mid-night June 30, 2023. The goal of this process is to work collaboratively to reach a collective bargaining agreement that provides wins for our employees, our customers, and enables GCTD to continue to responsibly fulfill our mission – to serve and move our passengers.

In April and May, GCTD met multiple times with Teamsters and reached tentative agreements on ground rules and several non-economic items. Over the last several weeks, GCTD and Teamsters exchanged proposals, and made progress on economic matters, and have met daily this week to come to an agreement. GCTD will seek to continue bilateral discussions in good-faith, using mission-driven decision making that prioritizes the diverse needs of the communities we serve, while upholding our commitment to fairness, financial responsibility, and employee development.

With the contract expiring, it is possible that GCTD supervisory employees may participate in a strike or other job action after the contract expires. GCTD is respectful of the Teamsters process, however we remain dedicated to making progress together at the bargaining table. Nonetheless, GCTD has established a contingency plan to minimize service disruption and ensure the safety of our employees and passengers, should a work slowdown or stoppage occur.

GCTD’s management team is prepared with a contingency plan, if needed, to ensure that all employees, bus operators, maintenance and customer service staff have appropriate coverage to ensure safety and security and minimize any potential disruption to passenger operations. 

We are committed to working with Teamsters in a positive, respectful, and collaborative manner to reach a collective agreement that enables long-term success for all.

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About the District: Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) 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. GCTD carries nearly 3.6 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 https://www.GCTD.org.