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3-day Milwaukee County bus drivers' strike ends

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County bus drivers have returned to work after a three-day strike over staffing and wages.

But union leaders say there are still a number of obstacles to reaching a new contract. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 President James Macon says the biggest sticking point is the county's plan to hire more part-time drivers, with fewer benefits than full-time drivers.

While more part-time drivers would reduce the need for overtime, Macon says the union supports a living wage.

The walkout ended as planned at 3 a.m. Saturday. Macon won't guarantee the drivers won't strike again.

On Friday, drivers rallied outside the apartment building of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Aberle.

Aberle announced Friday that rides on all MCTS buses will be free on Monday to thank the community for its patience.

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