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Greater Dayton RTA

RTA bus drivers and mechanics walked out Monday morning, following the breakdown of negotiations between their union and RTA management over the weekend.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives spent hours Sunday attempting to settle on terms of a new contract, but both parties walked away without an agreement.

 

Union leaders say the dispute centers on wage and insurance issues.

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More than six million people across the country signed up by the end of 2016 for health plans beginning in January through the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. That’s a record high. Enrollment was also up in Ohio, one of three dozen states nationwide that expanded Medicaid under the federal health law.  

A trolley bus parked at RTA headquarters in Dayton.
Pat O'Malley, RTA

Greater Dayton RTA Bus drivers and mechanics are set to strike on Monday, unless their union can come to an agreement with management before a midnight Sunday deadline.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives have failed to agree on the terms of a new contract since the expiration of their previous contract back in 2015.  Union representatives say the dispute centers on insurance and wage increase issues.

For this week's Politics Ohio, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney spoke with David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. Pepper says -- despite devastating losses in November's elections -- for Democrats, there could be a silver lining to Donald Trump's victory.

Dutoit Gallery is having a solo exhibition by artist Mychaelyn Michalec  and the opening is tonight, 6-10pm. The show entitled, "I've never stopped wondering what my life would have been like" will feature new works including paintings and drawings which reflect on domestic life, memories, and the contrast of idealism versus reality.

Miami Valley Fair Housing

Ohio Governor John Kasich Wednesday signed into law legislation banning the use of plywood for boarding up abandoned and vacant properties. Ohio is the first state to take that step.

Under the new law, clear polycarbonate window and door coverings will be used instead of plywood to secure empty homes. There is widespread agreement among housing agencies that clear-boarding helps improve the look of blighted neighborhoods.

Jim McCarthy with the Miami Valley Fair Housing group says the practice also creates other benefits for communities.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump as his fellow Republican takes office in two weeks.

Kasich had boycotted the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and declined to endorse or vote for the New York billionaire after dropping his own presidential bid. But he has said he's praying for Trump, and he offered a message of unity when addressing Ohio's Electoral College members as they unanimously supported Trump last month.

Lisa Lutz gave us one of the standout novels of 2016. "The Passenger" was so clever, so enthralling, so devilishly twisted, that I had Lisa on the program for the hardcover release early in the year, then after I had spoken to her that first time I was so enchanted by her wit (and her novel) that I invited her back to the program for another visit when the book was issued in paperback later in the year.

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Drivers may face a slower-than-usual commute this afternoon as snow continues to fall across the Miami Valley. Forecasters say an early cold front has resulted in slippery and icy roads in some areas. 

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Coniglio says commuters should anticipate delays as road conditions may worsen through the day.

“We’re expecting snowfall rates to pick up a little bit and when it gets dark out, the roads will freeze up. So we’ll see an increase in hazardous conditions this afternoon and this evening.”

Yellow Springs Village Council officials are moving forward with plans to replace outgoing police chief Dave Hale, who resigned in a written statement read to a packed community meeting Tuesday night in the village.

The chief's resignation followed a New Year’s Eve altercation between police and community members that led to an arrest and several minor injuries.

Council member Karen Wintrow says village officials are moving quickly to improve upon the village’s established hiring procedures.

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