Michele Ellson

AC Transit's managers reached a contract deal with drivers and mechanics late Tuesday night, averting a strike that was set to being at 12:01 a.m. today. As a result, buses will arrive as scheduled for AC Transit's 181,000 riders across the East Bay and on the Peninsula.

The deal, which still needs to be ratified by members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, gives the union's members a 9.5 percent raise over three years. Meanwhile, the drivers and mechanics union's leaders agreed to make increasing contributions toward their health care over the next three years, paying $70 a month in the first year of the contract and $180 a month by the third year.

“This was a long and often intense negotiation and there are no winners or losers in its outcome,” AC Transit General Manager David Armijo was quoted as saying in a press release. “We are happy we were able to get through the process without any disruption in service."

Union president Yvonne Williams thanked the union's 1,760 members - who, in addition to drivers and mechanics, include dispatchers, clerical and other workers - and riders for their support during negotiations.

“This agreement protects workers, helps riders, and keeps service running,” Williams said via a press release posted to the union's Facebook page.