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CATS: Temporary agreement reached for contracts

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A representative of CATS told WBTV the contracts has been temporarily extended to Monday November 18th.

CATS says there are 606 bus drivers.

It's unclear how many drivers are in the union. Union members met Saturday morning for an update on negotiations.

In September there were 1,751,942 riders on CATS buses.

According to city officials, "CATS contracts with McDonald Transportation, a private management company, to employ transit bus drivers; manage day-to-day operations and to conduct union negotiations."

Transit Management of Charlotte, a subsidiary of McDonald Transportation, directly employs the bus drivers.

City officials say the bus drivers' contract expired this summer. The new extension runs until November 18th.

United Transportation Union has been negotiating with the company. The two sides have been unable to hammer out a deal.

Despite WBTV's repeated attempts to reach union officials, no one has returned our calls or emails.

A bus driver, who asked to remain anonymous, tells WBTV the main sticking points in the negotiations are unfair work rules by the management company, and the company's demand to erase seniority and bidding on schedules.

In a statement to WBTV, CATS officials say "CATS management and the Metropolitan Transit Commission are appreciative of UTU's commitment to continue to operate the bus system while both management and labor work to find common ground and a workable agreement through an avenue of continued discussions and negotiation that provides for a fair compensation package while balancing operating costs."

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