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CCTA Negotiations At Standstill, Drivers Threaten to Strike

Contract negotiations between the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and its bus drivers are still at a stand-still. So much so, the drivers are threatening to strike.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Contract negotiations between the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and its bus drivers are still at a stand-still. So much so, the drivers are threatening to strike.

They're asking for better schedules and more pay.

CCTA is offering a 36 cents an hour raise. But if workers bargain for any more, it could mean tax increases.

"We're coming through a really tough period as a country, as a state, as a city we came through better than most areas - but it's still been a tough time for people and we gotta stay conscious of keeping government costs under control," Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (D-Vt.) said.

Mayor Weinberger says property taxes went up last year. He has told the CCTA he'd like to avoid that this year.

Burlington alone spends about $1.4 million a year on that transportation system.

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