CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Charleston County bus drivers say they have agreed to a deal with Durham School Services that will avoid a work stoppage.
The Saturday vote by Charleston County drivers ends negotiations between the driver's union and Durham that been ongoing since July.
The drivers threatened to strike because of poor wages and benefits, but later agreed not to strike while negotiations were ongoing.
Dorchester and Beaufort County drivers recently agreed to new deals as well.
Charleston County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Nancy McGinley, released the following statement Saturday afternoon:
"Charleston County School District has received official notification that bus drivers voted to approve their contract offer earlier today. I know you'll join me in expressing our collective relief that a definitive agreement has been reached between Durham School Services and the Teamsters Union.
Buses will operate as normal on Monday, and this strike threat is behind us.
I applaud the leadership and our drivers for resolving this situation without a work stoppage. I want to thank all of our media partners for their diligence in providing information and updates to the community.
Thank you to our principals, teachers and staff; our Incident Command Team; and thank you especially to parents and community members. I truly appreciate the patience exhibited by everyone as we waited in anticipation of this outcome.
This situation was stressful, but it was a great reminder of the positive power of community. Your preparedness and willingness to help was outstanding. It's going to be a busy spring, and soon this will seem like it's far in the past, but I wanted to take this moment to share my gratitude with everyone in the community."
ABC News 4 will have more on the details of the deal when they become available.