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Pr. George's bus strike continues

The contractor who operates TheBus in Prince George's County and the union representing drivers and mechanics were unable to reach an agreement Wednesday to end a strike that has lasted for almost three weeks.

However, Veolia Transportation is operating all 26 routes on a full schedule and all 60 buses are in service, according to company spokeswoman Valerie Michael.

Veolia "is hoping to schedule something soon and get back to the bargaining table," she said. The strike began Sept. 13. Members of Teamsters Local 689 are negotiating for better health coverage and changes in the company's disciplinary policy.

Veolia is using drivers from other jurisdictions to operate the public bus system during the strike and and some of the drivers who went out on strike have returned to work, according to the company. Veolia employs 136 full-time and 12 part-time workers in the county.

-- Ovetta Wiggins

By Michael Bolden  | October 1, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Prince George's County  
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Comments

Unions are that person u love to hate cause they will stand up for u but they also anti-change they will fight to the death for nothing

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | October 2, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

I never saw or read any notice of the strike. A couple of my family members rides TheBus and didn't know until they were waiting to catch it. TheBus is NOT running on full schedule. A lot of the buses either don't come or come sporadically. This was as of Friday.

Posted by: Debdu | October 2, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

First of all the Union local is 639.Next they have only 45 buses in use not 60 as they say. Also in addition to the disagreements that operators have is that they do not get lunch breaks. Now these so called replacement drivers are driving with left/right turn sheets you gotta ask is this a safe way to transport anyone? Get the real operators back!

Posted by: rhodenjeffrey | October 4, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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