Upper Marlboro, MD (AP)- Bus drivers in Prince George's County have ended a five-week bus strike and are returning to work.
Tommy Ratliff, president of the union that represents drivers and mechanics, said union members approved a three-year contract with the bus operator Veolia Transportation on Monday. Ratliff says the union sought better job security and health insurance, higher wages and changes to a disciplinary policy.
The new contract includes a $1-an-hour pay increase, an additional holiday and continued pension contributions and health care options.
Valerie Michael, a spokeswoman for Veolia, says employees will start returning to work on Tuesday.
Veolia had run limited service for weeks. The company employs 136 full-time and 26 part-time workers in the county.