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Phoenix-area bus riders hit by driver union strike

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PHOENIX — A second day of bus delays looms as drivers from Phoenix and Tempe remain on strike against Veolia Transportation.

About 600 drivers with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local serving 31 of 46 routes in Phoenix walked off their jobs just after midnight Saturday. They were joined Saturday evening by about 300 drivers working for Veolia and covering 19 routes in that city.

Bus service was operating Sunday on a limited weekend schedule but there were route cancellations and delays in both cities. The delays spilled over into other parts of metropolitan Phoenix served by the combined Valley Metro bus service.

Drivers have been without a contract for nearly two years. The talks broke down over wage and benefit terms such as sick-leave accrual, retirement benefits and health care coverage.