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Bus Drivers, Mechanics Reject Contract Offer

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Drivers and mechanics for CT Transit are nearer a strike after rejecting management’s latest contract offer.

The 750 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union on Thursday rejected the same contract they turned down in another vote on Dec. 5.

The current contract expires Dec. 31.

A strike of the state-run bus service’s workers could disrupt transport for thousands of people.

The offer was rejected despite the endorsement of union leadership.

Michael Roberts, business agent for Local 425 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, tells The Hartford Courant that the sticking point was health insurance benefits.

CT Transit General Manager David Lee says the next step in negotiations is unclear.
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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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