Vt. bus strike possible if contract efforts fail

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Commuters in greater Burlington, Vt. may awake Monday to a strike by bus drivers if ongoing contract negotiations aren't fruitful.

Nearly 9,800 commuters daily rely on the Chittendon County Transportation Authority's bus drivers to get them to work, school and shopping.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1k6vkGR ) that bus drivers have been trying to negotiate a new contract since last April. Day-long negotiations between the CCTA and Teamsters Local 597 Saturday failed to produce an agreement.

Union steward Mike Walker says bus drivers are not happy about the prospect of a strike — knowing the value of the service they provide — but feel they have no alternative.

The newspaper reports that the Burlington School District decided Thursday not to make any alternate plans for students' transportation to school Monday.

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