Worcester Bus Contract Talks Break Down

WORCESTER (CBS) — Worcester bus drivers plan to be on the picket line starting Saturday.   

Contract talks broke down Thursday. The biggest sticking point is health care contributions. Union chief Chris Bruce says the Worcester Regional Transit Authority wants members’ contributions to jump from 13 percent to 25 percent all at once.

The WRTA provides bus service for thousands of riders in Worcester and 34 surrounding communities.

A mediator could call both sides back to the table. In the meantime, 10,000 people who rely on the WRTA will be without transportation.

The WRTA will continue to provide paratransit service under the circumstances to the best of its ability. For further updates, call the WRTA 508-791-9782.

 WBZ News Radio’s Lana Jones reports

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