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Gov. Shumlin weighs in on CCTA drivers' strike

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Gov. Peter Shumlin is stepping into the Chittenden County bus drivers' strike. He met with both Chittenden County Transportation Association management and the union Wednesday.

Shumlin urged both sides to come to an agreement and he said his message to them was clear that enough is enough; it's time to move on.

After 17 days of sitting in the garages Shumlin says it's time to get the buses back out on the roads.

"I met this morning with both management and the drivers together. We had a very productive meeting and I communicated Vermonters' frustration and reiterated the need to get the wheels rolling quickly," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

The governor stepped in after multiple failed negotiation sessions between the union and CCTA management. In what has been a tumultuous he said, she said battle, both sides have not been able to reach agreements on split-shift lengths and the use of part-time drivers, but Shumlin hopes his intervention will change that.

"What I can tell you is that I came out very hopeful that the message was heard loud and clear, it's time to come to an agreement, it's time to get the buses running, too many people are suffering," said Shumlin.

CCTA and the union began the newest round of negotiations Wednesday afternoon and there is another special CCTA Board meeting scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m., but Shumlin said that he hopes the result of Wednesday's meetings will help speed things up and will get struggling Vermonters back on those buses.

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