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CCTA Bus Drivers Will Not Strike Monday

Bus drivers will not strike Monday.
BURLINGTON, Vt.- After nineteen hours of negotiation Saturday night into early Sunday morning, CCTA bus drivers say they will not strike while voting on the company's latest proposal.

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."

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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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