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Tentative Agreement Reached to End CCTA Strike

CCTA and its bus drivers' union say after nine hours of negotiations they have reached a tentative agreement which could end the strike.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - CCTA and its bus drivers' union say after nine hours of negotiations they have reached a tentative agreement which could end the strike.

Bus service could resume as soon as Friday. It's been stopped since drivers went on strike more than two weeks ago.

The word of a possible agreement came around 3:00am Thursday at the Burlington International Airport. Both sides had been meeting there with mediators since about 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Representatives from both sides reported the bargaining teams from CCTA and the union had reached tentative agreements on everything in the contract.

They said details of the contract would be released as soon as the contract was presented to union members. Earlier there had been concerns about the length of work shifts and the use of part-time drivers.

"Both sides made compromises that in the ideal world from their perspective they wouldn't. This is a contract of what's acceptable as opposed to what's desirable," says Joe McNeil, lead negotiator for CCTA.

The union is expected to vote on the contract at noon on Thursday.

"I can't tell you how they are going to vote. It's a democratic process. They're going to have their choice. They're going to see the proposals and they will make their own decisions," says Tony St. Hilaire, a union representative.

If it passes, the CCTA board would then vote on the contract.

CCTA has started to make arrangements to resume bus service.



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