Union officials alarmed over progress of MTA's bus service takeover

City Council members and union officials are sounding an alarm Monday over the fact that the MTA's takeover of Liberty Bus Line and New York Bus service may not happen as scheduled.

The city is supposed to take over the bus service to Manhattan through the Bronx by July 1 but union officials say there are some items that need to be addressed first. The union wants to know how much the pension will be for the bus workers and what their status will be when they become city employees.

If the takeover goes past the deadline, there could be disruptions in service. A spokesperson for Mayor Bloomberg says the mayor believes the talks are going as planned and he's confident that the deadline will be reached.

The mayor has the authority to extend the deadline if necessary.

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