Wednesday night, an emergency meeting was held as the Burlington City Council weighed in on potential ways to end the strike by CCTA drivers. It was a packed house for tense and emotional public testimony as the community voiced their thoughts on the strike.
The strike that began March 17 between the CCTA union drivers and management has no apparent end in sight. The four main issues standing between the two sides are wages, disciplinary action from anonymous tips, part-time drivers and split shifts. The City Council attempted to pass a resolution that would strongly encourage management and the union to resolve the strike with binding arbitration or alternative means, but that was shot down.
After hours of debate, the resolution was cut down to only a strong recommendation for both sides to resolve their differences as soon as possible, which is only a recommendation. Also included in the recommendation is for the CCTA Board Commissioners to report back to the City Ccouncil every two months once the strike is over to report progress being made with labor-management relations.
More than 50 people spoke out at Wednesday's meeting including many drivers who shared their stories and issues with CCTA, and riders who just need to get around. At this point there are no negotiations scheduled so the strike will go on for now.