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CCTA Strike Has Burlington Mayor On Alert

After a trip to Japan, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger faces CCTA buses off his city's streets.
BURLINGTON, Vt.- After arriving home from a trip to Japan, Mayor Miro Weinberger says the CCTA bus driver strike has him on alert.

"We are concerned and are evaluating all the options we have with our neighboring communities that are affected by this strike," says Mayor Weinberger.

On Monday, CCTA bus drivers shared their view of what happened during negotiations with CCTA management Saturday.

Drivers say their latest proposal presented to the company included:

-Hiring reserved workers instead of part-time workers.

-Limiting split shifts to 12.5 hours.

-Asking CCTA not to discipline drivers based on anonymous complaints.

"The drivers know what it will mean to us if we give up on the very things that led us to the strike," says bus driver Rob Slingerland.

The mayor says he's urging CCTA and the Teamsters Union to come to an agreement, but a decision is ultimately up to the two parties.

"The city of Burlington has people we appoint to the CCTA board and we have been in touch with those individuals," says Mayor Miro Weinberger.

While the Burlington City Council has not taken a position on the issue, they may meet soon to determine if, or how to address it in the future.

"Now that the weekend's negotiations have broken down, that is under consideration once more," says Mayor Weinberger.

No further meeting date has been set between CCTA management and the Teamsters Union

CCTA management says it did present the union with a compromise proposal Saturday.  Details can be found online at cctaride.org

In a statement, the company says it is "disappointed an agreement was not reached and is deeply concerned about the impact on its passengers."

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