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Teamsters Union: Negotiations will continue Monday

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Durham School Services and the Teamsters union, representing school bus drivers in the Lowcountry, will meet back at the negotiating table Monday morning.

The teamsters and Durham met in Charleston Thursday to discuss Beaufort Country drivers contracts. The two sides met for most of the day.

After the meeting, the teamsters released this statement:

In the past week and a half since our members took strike votes, we have made progress at the bargaining table. We will return to the bargaining table with the company on Monday to continue negotiations.

The union will not speak on the specifics of their terms, however, Durham has released some  details from a proposal they've offered drivers in Charleston and Beaufort County.

Durham is offering a 50 cent pay increase for new drivers, and a 45 cent increase for all drivers with at least two years experience. According to Durham , drivers in Charleston are asking for a $1 pay in crease.

Durham said both Charleston and Beaufort drivers are asking for a sympathy strike clause in the contract to allow them to strike with other unions in different areas, but the company will not agree to that.

As of right now, Durham is preparing just in case there is a strike. The company said replacement drivers will arrive in Charleston on Monday, and stay through the week.

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