Battle with Rural Metro

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM EDT


July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Rural Metro has been battling a union dispute and now there is another twist to the issue. The City of Buffalo has decided not to renew its contract with the company, for now.

Rural Metro responds to more than 30,000 calls per year in Buffalo. The Common Council was supposed to vote on renewing the contract with the company to continue services. Now, they will wait to make that decision because of the ongoing union dispute.

Some council members said Rural Metro is greedy and is not paying fare wages. They're also concerned about this looming strike. Paramedics and other workers plan to walk off the job next week unless a deal is made.

"The union is fully ready to do what they have to do to assure fair wages for workers," President Teamster 375 Kevin Drysdale said.

A spokesperson for Rural Metro said officials are planning to meet with a Mediator to try and make a deal before that strike deadline of July 16th. He also said Rural Metro will still provide service if and when a strike occurs.