Union hopes to reach settlement at day’s end

Union hopes to reach settlement at day’s end

PHOENIX (AP) – The latest on a partial bus strike in Phoenix (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

A federal mediator has called a recess for negotiations between a union representing bus drivers and an operator of multiple Phoenix bus lines, prolonging a city bus strike.

Transdev, a city-contracted transit company, says union representatives reintroduced the same demands “costing millions of dollars” as they did during the last round of talks.

Transdev officials say they will continue to negotiate.

Drivers went on strike at 5 a.m., initially halting bus service on 34 routes.

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11:20 a.m.

A union representing bus drivers for a company that operates routes in Phoenix says it has some hope of reaching a settlement Friday.

In a post on its Facebook page, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 says representatives are on their way back to the bargaining table.

However, union officials accused Transdev of deliberately giving them short notice about a desire to meet again.

Union secretary Michael Cornelius says he still hopes to have some positive news by the end of the day.

Drivers went on strike at 5 a.m., halting bus service on 34 routes operated by Transdev.

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7:40 a.m.

The Phoenix Public Transit Department says limited service is being provided in five of the 34 routes hit by a partial bus system strike Friday morning.

The department says routes 0, 19, 27, 35 and 70 are running but that frequency between buses is an hour or more.

A union representing drivers for one of the companies that operate the system for the city announced that drivers had rejected a contract offer by the company and begun a strike at Thursday midnight.

The strike halted bus service on 34 routes operated by Transdev beginning at about 5 a.m. Friday.

Service on 20 other routes operated by First Transit isn’t affected. Neither is light rail service.
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7 a.m.

A strike affecting about three-fifths of the Phoenix transit system’s bus routes is underway.

A union representing drivers for one of the companies that operate the system for the city announced that drivers had rejected a contract offer by the company and begun a strike at Thursday midnight.

The strike halted bus service on 34 routes operated by Transdev beginning at about 5 a.m. Friday.

Service on 20 other routes operated by First Transit isn’t affected. Neither is light rail service.

City Transit Department spokesman Lars Jacoby says the city hopes service can be resumed by Monday on two routes serving the stadium where the national college football championship game will be played that day.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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