The mayor of Moncton and the lead negotiator for the Amalgamated Transit Union say there are no new talks scheduled in the three-month-old Codiac Transpo dispute.
The latest round of contract talks broke down last week.
Still, after three days of negotiations, several aspects were resolved, including terms on overtime and contract language, said George Turple, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1290.
The two sides even agreed on wages until 2017, with annual increases between one and 2.5 per cent, said Turple.
But the agreement falls apart in 2018, he said.
"The proposal that they gave to us last Thursday would have seen the difference between ourselves and other city employees actually increased and that wasn't going in the right direction," Turple said.
Mayor George LeBlanc agrees the city and the union have agreed on annual wage increases until 2017.
'If need be we can have a clause that will allow us to discuss wages for 2018 later, but let's get this deal done.' —Mayor George LeBlanc
But the curveball came when the union counter offered with an open-ended increase for 2018, which would be tied to Canadian Union of Public Employees' (CUPE) contracts for other city employees.
He said the city can't agree to that clause but it will agree to keep talking.
"We can get this done today, tomorrow and if need be we can have a clause that will allow us to discuss wages for 2018 later, but let's get this deal done," LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc said the city has offered Codiac parity with public transit systems in Saint John and Fredericton.
Turple said Codiac workers want parity with other CUPE employees with the city.
The city locked out about 80 bus workers on June 27 in a ongoing contract dispute, with wages a key stumbling block.
The union wants the city to now accept binding arbitration.
The workers have been without a contract since 2010.
Codiac Transpo serves Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.