Striking Bee-Line bus workers reach tentative settlement with Liberty Lines

(04/19/05) WHITE PLAINS ? Striking Bee-Line bus workers and Liberty Lines, the bus company?s owner, reached a tentative labor agreement in Rye Tuesday night.

Specifics will not be made available until after the union ratifies the deal. Buses could be back on the road by Friday if union members approve the agreement. Members of the Transit Workers Union Local 100 will meet Wednesday in Yonkers to vote on the proposal.

Once finalized, the settlement will end a 48-day-old strike that stranded many riders in the Bronx. The main sticking point in the negotiations has been the age of retirement. The union wanted workers to be able to retire after 20 years at age 58 with a full pension, while Liberty Lines refused to lower the age below 60.

 

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