AC Transit workers reached a tentative agreement tonight averting a threatened strike that would have started at midnight, union officials said.

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers issued a notice on Monday that they will go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday unless progress is made before then in their talks with management.

But the union and management reached terms tonight, less than two hours before the scheduled strike, for an agreement that provides employees with a 9.5 percent raise with employee contributions to medical benefits, and improves health and safety provisions, according to the union.

“This agreement protects workers, helps riders, and keep service running,” union president Yvonne Williams said. The agreement is expected to go to a ratification vote later this month.

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