As long as the two sides continue negotiating, there won’t be a bus driver strike, according to officials with Charleston County and Dorchester District 2 school districts.
District leaders said Friday night they’ve been informed that as long as the talks are continuing between Durham School Services and Teamsters Local 509, the school bus drivers’ union has agreed not to strike.
Negotiations will resume Monday, and the talks are scheduled through Wednesday. Bus routes will run their regular routes on Monday.
The union and Durham ended talks this week on a promising note, and both sides appeared more optimistic than earlier in the week.
Durham, which employs the bus drivers, released a statement Friday saying it looked “forward to furthering the progress made thus far at the bargaining table.” Durham didn’t expect to have any new information until Monday.
The union also has said it has “made progress at the bargaining table” and would continue talks Monday.
The union and Durham have been working on a new employment contract since July, and drivers’ pay appears to be one of the biggest issues.
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