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New developments in CCTA bus driver strike

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Striking Chittenden County Transportation Authority bus drivers say they have a proposal and are ready to discuss it with management, but CCTA says they need more before they talk.

As the CCTA strike continues passenger frustration grows. Mary Ann Abraham, a frequent passenger, had to call on a friend to get her to a dentist appointment. "It's really terrible for somebody like me who can't get around on the buses. And I wish they would get their strike over with because it's very hard for me," Abraham said.

The contract issues remain the same. The drivers are concerned with working hours, the use of part-time employees and what they call the abuse of surveillance cameras for disciplinary reasons. 

Since negotiations broke down, the union has not released a specific list of make or break needs. But union officials told WXAC-TV that if CCTA were to offer a 12.5 hour split-shift instead of the 13.5 hour proposal, they would be more inclined to work with CCTA on other issues. 

But CCTA General Manager Bill Watterson says it's a matter of give and take. "If there's no adjustment in the spread time there would need to be more part-timers, and in having more part-timers our ability to maintain the current level of full-timers would be compromised," he  said.

The union released a statement saying they are ready to talk with CCTA. CCTA says they have yet to receive a new written proposal. "It's welcome news that there might be a counterproposal out there, but what we would want to see is provide the counterproposal in writing so that CCTA has an opportunity to review the proposal," Watterson said.

And for people like Abraham, who rely on the buses, she has one simple question -- how long is the strike going to last?


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