MONCTON, NB–Codiac Transpo riders are hoping a deal will be reached, as the City of Moncton and Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1290 get back to the negotiating table today.

The roughly 90 bus drivers, mechanics and servicemen have been locked out since June 27th.

City of Moncton Spokesperson Paul Thomson says they’re going in with the hopes of getting this resolved.  “There’s a lot of ground to cover and we are far apart, but it is a positive first step and we have to look at it that way.”

The last offer that the City made to the Union was rejected and was removed from the table.   

George Turple with A.T.U says wages and the wording in the contract are a couple of the sticking points.  “The language that is in the proposal that the City has given to us, and the wages based on that and the changes that they wish to make are just not acceptable to the membership.”

He says they are going into the talks with optimism.

The union has been without a collective agreement for two years.