Striking Bee-Line union workers, Liberty Lines back at the bargaining table

After two weeks of stalled talks, members of the striking Bee-Line bus workers union were back at the bargaining table Wednesday with the owners of Liberty Lines.

Before the negotiations began, the head of the bus driver union accused Liberty Lines of negotiating in poor faith and taking money in subsidies from Westchester County to stay afloat during the strike. Both sides have yet to reach an agreement on any new contract.

The Bee-Line strike is affecting approximately 9,000 Bronx bus riders. The Westchester County executive put a reimbursement plan in place for the county but not for Bronx residents. Mayor Bloomberg?s office says they are looking into the problem. All sides agree that the best way of easing the burden on all riders is to end the strike.

Bus drivers say they will continue to strike until they get better health benefits and a lower retirement age.

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