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MCTS says there will be no strike following contract negotiation session

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Updated: 9:24 p.m. on November 6, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm released the following statement following a negotiation session on Wednesday, Nov. 5:

"There will not be a strike on Thursday. Negotiations went well today and there has been movement from both sides. The next step is for ATU Local 998 members to vote on the package in the coming weeks."

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Posted: 1:44 p.m. on November 6, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee County bus drivers and transit workers are locked in another contract negotiating session with the transit system. 

Some of the workers stood in the snow outside transit headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 6, as the latest round of talks got started.

Their union has been at odds with the county for months, over issues like pay, security on the buses and health insurance.

Union leaders have threatened to strike at times during this dispute, and the union president renewed that threat Wednesday.

"Right now I told them I'm willing to work 'til 3-o'clock in the morning, 'til the last bus pulls in," said ATU Local 998 president James Macon. "If no deal is being done before today, again, there will not be no bus service tomorrow morning. So people need to call Chris Abele, because this is the County Executive's mandate MCTS."

CBS 58 is monitoring the bargaining session. 

If there is a strike called for Nov. 7, we will provide updates.

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