Sanders Statement on Tentative Settlement in Bus Strike

WASHINGTON, April 3 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement this morning on a tentative agreement between striking bus drivers and the Chittenden County Transportation Authority:

“I was very pleased to learn from both parties that an agreement was reached early this morning between the bargaining teams of CCTA management and Teamsters Local 597. The full union membership and CCTA board of directors will vote on the contract today.

“I know this has been a very difficult time for bus commuters in Chittenden County. It was clear from my discussions on Tuesday night with both parties that they were close to an agreement and, from what I understand, they have now negotiated a sensible resolution to the part-time and scheduling issues that were outstanding.

“Long-term, I urge CCTA management to focus on efforts to improve the culture and work environment at CCTA which clearly had reached a low point.   

“I hope and expect that both parties will ratify the tentative agreement today and that the buses will be rolling tomorrow morning.”