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School bus driver strike averted in Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Union school bus drivers in Charleston have approved a new contract, avoiding a strike.

Charleston County School District officials said drivers on Saturday voted to approve a new 5-year contract with Durham School Services.

If union members rejected the contract, Teamsters Local 509 president L.D. Fletcher had said a strike would begin Monday.

School bus drivers in Charleston, Beaufort and Dorchester counties work for a private company and had been involved in a dispute over a new contract since last summer.

Drivers in Beaufort County accepted a new contract on Wednesday. Drivers in Dorchester District 2 did so on Tuesday.

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