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CATS bus drivers are getting even closer to a strike, potentially leaving thousands of riders stranded come Tuesday.
"People got to get to work," Brial Moore said. "My son has to go to school."
"I catch the bus every day going to work," Latasha Stokes said.
People in Charlotte are concerned. The union that represents around 600 CATS bus drivers says it's ready to strike if it can't come to a final agreement with Transit Management of Charlotte, the company it's negotiating with.
"From our perspective, we've done everything they've asked for," John Bartosiewicz, with Transit Management of Charlotte, said. "And we're confused as to why they think we haven't."
Tonight, the negotiator for the company told Eyewitness news they've met most of the drivers' demands. The last issue is over restrictions on how full-time operators pick their work. The union says the restrictions made by the company are unacceptable. Riders are caught in the .
"It would be bad," Stokes said about a possible strike. "People would be out of jobs. It would be terrible-people can't get their kids at the day care, can't get to appointments. It would be real bad."
Most people Eyewitness News spoke with at the transportation center didn't want the drivers to go on strike, but one man said he was sympathetic to their fight. He still hopes they reach an agreement.
"I would hope so but if not, hey strike [if] it's necessary," Angelo Kendrick said.
The union says they're still working on hammering out a final deal and still hope to avoid inconveniencing riders.
A spokeswoman for CATS said they're disappointed with the union. CATS officials hope to have a contingency plan for riders. They said everything but the buses will run as usual on Tuesday, including the light rail.
They hope to have enough people working to operate a bus schedule that will be close to what the Sunday schedule looks like, if the union does strike. They'll release a more detailed plan on Monday.
Ice is stalling operations in some areas across the nation, creating a domino effect for travelers across the country.
Eyewitness News was at Charlotte-Douglas Airport on Sunday night with how the storms were impacting people.
People attempting to fly from Charlotte-Douglas into Dallas or even Philly could be in for a long wait on Sunday night.
There are more than a dozen flights cancelled at Charlotte-Douglas International.
Including flights into Cincinnati.
There are also flights from Asheville, Miami and Detroit that have been canceled.
We also noticed many other flights have been delayed.
Many travelers told us they didn't find out about the cancellations until they arrived at the airport; many of them are in limbo.
For the mountains, slick spots were an issue on Sunday and will be again on Sunday night.
Ice is still on the ground and those walking can hear it crunch, but it is hard to know where it may be on the roads due to dense fog. So far it has not created any major problems from the wintry blast that happened overnight.
Cars and trucks cruised by the ice-coated country.
Tree branches, street signs and power lines are all encased with the glass-like moisture -- even the gas pumps were not immune to a coating.
"They couldn't even lift the levers. They were frozen down solid," said Jeff Hicks.
Hicks was called in on Sunday, stepping on ice to clean off nozzles.
"They definitely want the pumps up and going with everybody out getting Christmas presents," he said.
People who did hit the roads did not have many slick spots to deal with.
Salt trucks were out treating them. The less traveled, winding mountain roads were a big concern.
As the day progressed, dense fog became an issue.
Skiers and snowboarders reappeared from a top slopes at Blowing Rock's Appalachain Ski Resort as they went through it.
Resort General Manager Brad Moretz said the cold temperatures helped bring in crowds.
"I would say exceptional for what the weather forecast was," he said.
But conditions could always be better.
"Got some good, fresh conditions on the way," he said.
The resort is expecting colder temperatures to allow them to make snow for the slopes. It could also cause some wet spots to re-freeze.
That will be what crews will be watching Sunday night.