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A Chittenden County Transportation Agency shuttle.  Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8528340792/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Chittenden County Transportation Agency shuttle. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt.'s CCTA bus drivers poised to go on strike

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) It could be a tough commute for people who ride the bus in Vermont's largest county if the drivers of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority go on strike.

The drivers decided last week to strike Monday after they rejected a contract offer.

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The transit authority has offered to resolve contract disputes with the union through binding arbitration, a neutral dispute resolution process using a third-party arbiter.

Rob Slingerland, a spokesman for the Teamsters Local 597, says they're urging the authority to avoid a strike and "come to the table to settle a fair deal."

The union represents nearly 70 bus drivers who've been seeking a better contract since last April.

The drivers carry about 9,500 people per day in the state's largest county.

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