The Las Vegas transit workers have reached a tentative contract agreement just in time for Super Bowl LVIII, which will be played at Allegiant Stadium. This agreement comes after bus drivers and mechanics threatened to go on strike if they did not receive an acceptable offer. The potential strike could have caused chaos for the 330,000 visitors expected to attend the Super Bowl game and the days leading up to it, as public buses are a primary mode of transportation for tourists and locals in Las Vegas.
One particular concern for the Super Bowl was the restriction of taxi cabs, Uber, and Lyft vehicles near Allegiant Stadium, according to union members. This further highlighted the importance of the public bus service for transportation in the area.
The tentative contract agreement between the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1637 still requires approval from approximately 1,200 union members. The details of the new contract have not been disclosed to the public.
Transdev, the operator of the public bus service, and the union have been in negotiations for months, and a previous offer was rejected by workers in January. The new agreement provides relief that a resolution was reached before the busy Super Bowl week.
In addition to salary concerns, bus drivers have been advocating for increased worker safety. Seventeen acts of violence were reported on RTC buses between March and September of 2023, including incidents of drivers being spit on, punched, and assaulted.
The agreement brings a sense of relief as the city gears up for the Super Bowl, with the Culinary Union also threatening to go on strike if settlements are not reached between three remaining Las Vegas properties and hospitality workers. The game will feature the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the San Francisco 49ers, with Usher as the halftime performer.