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ST. LOUIS   •   Contract talks between the Metro transit agency and the union representing bus and MetroLink operators are expected to resume the week of Sept. 9, officials said.

Metro President John Nations spoke to the leadership of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788, and the two sides agreed to resume talks that week. The union also represents mechanics and some of the agency clerical staff.

No service disruptions are expected before that time.

Members of the 1,500-worker union authorized a strike in a June vote. The two sides are at odds over pension benefits, medical coverage and wages. A mediator issued a report last week to the two sides.

ATU President and Business Agent Mike Breihan confirmed that talks would resume.

Breihan said there were rumors swirling that Metro management planned a lockout, but Nations assured him that was not the case.

Ken Leiser is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.