3-day Milwaukee County bus drivers' strike ends

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Posted: Jul 04, 2015 12:38 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County bus drivers have returned to work after a three-day strike over staffing and wages, despite a lack of a new contract.

Union leaders say the strike ended as planned at 3 a.m. Saturday despite a few remaining issues preventing an agreement on a new deal.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 President James Macon says the biggest sticking point is the county's plan to hire more part-time drivers, with fewer benefits than full-time drivers. While more part-time drivers would reduce the need for overtime, Macon says the union supports a living wage.

Macon wouldn't guarantee that drivers won't strike again.

On Friday, drivers rallied outside the apartment building of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Aberle.