Rob Slingerland is the spokesman for CCTA's Teamsters Union of bus drivers. He says drivers have been working without a contract for 9 months. In a statement, Slingerland says drivers are requesting "fair treatment in the workplace, better access to breaks while on duty, and changes to a plan to increase work shifts already set at 12.5 hours."
Some passengers say a strike would make it difficult to get to work, school, and appointments on time.
"Financially, I don't have the means to rent a car just to get to class," says Narelle Chartier. "I take class at CCV in Winooski and a walk from Burlington to winooski would be about 2 2.5 hours"
"I would have to walk from the new north end to downtown," says Danielle Poirier. "That'd be about an hour and a half walk for me."
Although CCTA would not give the details of its proposal, it did release a statement saying "CCTA remains committed to resolving our differences and reaching an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement."
FOX44/ABC22 got a notice this morning around eight from CCTA. Bus drivers will not strike on Monday.
In a statement, they said after 19 hours of negotiation, the company was able to give the driver's union a complete contract proposal.
The union has agreed to bring the contract proposal to a vote. They say any labor action will be delayed until drivers vote on this new proposal.
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