The Metropolitan Council has offered its best last contract offer to bus drivers and other Metro Transit workers, after months of state-led mediation between the two sides, the agency said Wednesday.
The transit workers union, ATU Local 1005, has demanded higher pay and safety measures for bus drivers, among other things.
Members rejected the council's proposal in November, and authorized a strike during the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in early February.
Kate Brickman, spokesperson for the Met Council, said the new contract offer would give 2.5 percent raises to employees in each of the three years of the tentative contract. She said the last proposal had a 2 percent increase each year.
She said the new contract would also put together a committee including union members to study how safety barriers on buses are working and what can be done to better protect drivers.
"We wanted to make sure we had a fair and respectful offer to them that everyone could feel good about approving," Brickman said.
ATU Local 1005's executive committee is expected to take a recommendation vote Thursday afternoon before sending to membership for a broad vote.