WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A school bus company and the drivers’ union have agreed to a “cooling off” period and avoid a strike in Westport.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that Dattco, a New Britain-based bus company, and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 agreed Sunday night to a request by a federal mediator to step back from the dispute that could have resulted in a strike.

School officials had warned parents that drivers rejected a proposed settlement with management and would walk off the job Monday morning.

Cliff Gibson, chief operating officer of Dattco, said a federal mediator tried to help resolve the impasse. Gibson says the bus company offered to temporarily extend the terms of the current contract to avoid an interruption of service.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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