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Bus driver’s union warns of possible strike Friday

Getting from here to there by bus Friday in the Phoenix-area may be difficult.

The union representing bus drivers in Tempe and Phoenix has told members to prepare to strike if there isn’t a resolution to labor talks with employer Veolia Transportation Services by the end of Thursday.

A union official tells The Arizona Republic they’ve been meeting with a federal mediator and Veolia for over a year with no resolution over wages, sick-leave accrual, retirement benefits and health care coverage.

The union website says workers should continue reporting for work until further instructions are given.

Meanwhile, Metro light rail officials say the passenger line is unlikely to be impacted by a strike. Spokeswoman Hillary Foose says Metro could add vehicles to its service trains to take care of the possible increased passenger demand.

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