The Latest: Phoenix bus drivers' union accepts new deal

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Posted: Jan 15, 2016 5:10 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a tentative agreement in Phoenix's weeklong bus strike (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

A bus drivers' union has approved a new agreement with a transit company, bringing an end to a weeklong strike that shut down bus routes in Phoenix.

City officials said in a news release Friday that leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 accepted the deal and will return to work Saturday.

Union members have been on strike since Jan. 8.

The strike has halted service on 34 routes operated by Transdev.

Limited service will continue on 13 of those routes for the rest of the day.

Issues that were a point of contention included bereavement time, bathroom breaks and a tiered pay system.

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8:15 a.m.

Officials say there is a tentative agreement between a bus drivers' union and a transit company to end a weeklong strike that shut down bus routes in Phoenix.

City and Transdev officials say drivers will return to work Saturday if union members approve the deal reached Thursday night.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but Transdev says it's hopeful that union members will ratify the proposal recommended by union officials.

There was no immediate word on details of the tentative agreement. Issues included bereavement time, bathroom breaks and a tiered pay system.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says he's pleased that negotiators stayed at the bargaining table and found common ground.

Transdev operates 34 routes, including some of the city's most heavily used.