By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee County bus drivers have approved a three-year contract with the transit system.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 James Macon announced the decision in a statement Wednesday night. Local media outlets report 81 percent of union workers voted in favor of the contract.

During months of negotiations, Amalgamated Transit leaders objected to the proposed hiring of 45 part-time workers who wouldn’t pay into the pension system. The transit system said the union was both complaining about excessive overtime but opposing the extra help.

The drivers went on strike for three days during Summerfest in July. After they overwhelmingly rejected a county offer Oct. 5, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele dropped the part-time provision.

MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm thanked employees for their work and riders for their patience in a statement after the vote.

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