Continuing Bee-Line bus strike affecting 9,000 Bronx commuters
The ongoing Bee-Line bus strike is affecting the 9,000 commuters from the Bronx who are trying to get to Westchester. Negotiations were halted Wednesday as striking union members rejected a final contract offer from Liberty Line, the bus company owner.
The drivers? main sticking points remain wages, health benefits and a pension plan that includes early retirement with full benefits. The bus company contends the drivers are asking for too much. The strike is also affecting those who sell the bus tickets. One Bronx vendor says he has been losing more than $300 a day since the strike began.
Commuters in the Bronx say the main problem with the strike is that there has not been alternative plans put in place. There are no shuttle buses available out of the Bronx or signs posted telling commuters where to go. There is a hotline for those affected by the strike. The number to call is 914-813-7777.
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