Metro Braces for Possible Work Stoppage

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Metro officials are closely watching how many employees show up for work Monday morning.

There are concerns that some kind of worker walkout or sickout could happen because of an on-going contract dispute.

At 5:30 a.m. Monday, all buses and train drivers were showing up and all service lines were running on schedule.  That's good news for Metro users.  Last month, Metro workers voted to give their union the authority to call a strike.

Metro officials say there was particular concern about Monday morning because riders called their offices last week saying drivers had told them there was going to be a strike on Monday.

But the union president says before any strike would take place, a mediator must first finish a report and then the union must give notification of its intent to strike.  None of that has happened.

Metro and the union are at odds over benefits including the retirement plan. This is Metro's busiest week with Fair Saint Louis and a disruption of service could prove problematic.