Bee-Line bus strike continues to strand riders in the Bronx
The Bee-Line bus strike continues to strand 9,000 riders in the Bronx that rely on the buses to get around Westchester.
Commuters in the Bronx say the biggest challenges have been getting information on the strike and finding alternate ways of travel. Westchester County Executive Andy Spano has suggested a cooling off period in the negotiations in which the bus drivers would return to work during talks. Liberty Lines, the bus company owner supports that position. However, striking union members say they will remain on the picket lines until a better contract is offered.
The main issue holding up progress in the negotiations is the union?s demand for full retirement benefits at age 57. Liberty Lines officials refuse to lower the age of retirement below 60. The president of Liberty Lines says if the strike continues, they will look at other alternatives for stranded riders.