Negotiations were underway Wednesday night in the CCTA bus strike that's left buses parked and passengers out of luck for weeks. Negotiations began at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Burlington Airport. Representatives for the union that represents the drivers and CCTA management barricaded themselves behind closed doors trying to iron out their differences. Management and the drivers remain at odds over the length of split shifts and the use of part-time drivers. A lead negotiator told Ali Freeman he thinks the session could last until midnight.
"We've got difficult areas that we are trying to negotiate but my sense is there is a good faith effort being made," said Joe McNeil, lead negotiator for the CCTA.
"We are working at it and we are going to try to stick to it and make a resolution and until then we are going to go back in and work," said Tony St. Hilaire, lead negotiator for the union.
If a contract is agreed upon Wednesday night the drivers must still vote to approve it.