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Contract deal heads off possible strike by transit drivers

March 8, 2022 GMT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A tentative contract has been reached between unionized drivers of Green Mountain Transit, averting a possible strike that could have begun this weekend.

The agreement between the bus company and the drivers belonging to the Teamsters local union was reached last weekend.

The drivers had authorized a strike that would have affected routes in central Vermont and the St. Albans area.

The previous contract expired last June. At issue was the family health insurance benefit.

Teamsters business agent Curtis Clough said that under the terms of the tentative agreement, the company will continue to cover 100% of the cost of single plans while contributing to the cost of two-person and family plans.

Clough said a strike that idled buses wouldn’t have been in anyone’s interest, and he was happy it didn’t come to that.

“I’m happier about the fact that they (rural drivers) will be able to go on vacations and pay their mortgages,” he said.

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The Times Argus reports the company announced the tentative settlement Monday. The board is expected to ratify the agreement next week.

“We are thrilled to have a tentative agreement with the rural drivers bargaining unit that values and respects their contributions to our organization,” the company said in a statement.