Workers, management in Bee-Line bus strike head back to bargaining table

After 26 days on the picket line, workers and management in the Bee-Line bus strike headed back to the bargaining table Monday. Union leaders called on management to end the stalemate and resume negotiations in the labor dispute that has stranded more than 55,000 commuters daily for nearly four weeks. Commuters in the Bronx say the biggest challenges have been getting information on the strike and finding alternate ways of travel. Striking workers from TWU Local 100 are demanding the right to retire with full benefits at age 57, while Liberty Lines refuses to lower the age of retirement below 60. It was not immediately clear if the union was offering a counter proposal, or if the company was simply exploring the union's flexibility on its main demands.

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