Talks between school bus drivers & FIrst Student will resume on Dec. 2

BELMONT — Talks between First Student, Inc. and the Teamsters union will continue on Dec. 2, said a spokesman for the Cincinnati company on Friday.

Chris Kemper said there will be no work stoppage while talks continue.

Teamsters Local 633 of Manchester represent the drivers at the Belmont facility and have been unable to negotiate a contract since earlier this month. The drivers have threatened to strike the company, meaning school buses for Laconia, Gilford, Gilmanton and Belmont would not run.

Negotiations appear to be stalled over a pension contribution issues while paperwork obtained from a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire indicates there are claims by the union that the company didn't pay some employees for hours worked.

Meanwhile, local school superintendents have been scrambling to make alternative plans to get their students to school should there be a strike or to make the decision that absent the school buses, they won't be able to have school.

First Student is the only provider of school bus services in the Lakes Region but Belmont-based drivers are the only ones currently working without a contract.