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Beaufort County bus driver negotiations heat up

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Contract negotiations continue between Durham School Services and the Teamsters Union.

Beaufort County Schools spokesperson Jim Foster said union members assured them that they're willing to keep negotiating with the union.

There were reports Tuesday afternoon that Durham walked out of talks after a heated back and forth discussion with the union. According to Beaufort County Schools, they're getting conflicting stories from both the union and Durham.

"Both sides continue to say that they want to avoid a strike, and both sides continue to say that they want to negotiate," Foster said in a phone interview. "The superintendent told Durham and the union that they needed to get back to the negotiating table and reach a settlement."

The union did vote to approve a strike if necessary, and Durham has flown drivers in from other states in case a strike is called.

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