Possible end near for NYC school bus driver strike?

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The battle continues between striking school bus drivers and matrons and the city but the big question Wednesday was: is there movement?

The union called a news conference for Wednesday morning to make an announcement but it remained unclear what the announcement would be. The strike continues with no end in sight.

On Tuesday strikers heckled replacement drivers and matrons shouting scabs, scabs, scabs as buses rolled from a bus depot on Staten Island .  The replacement drivers and matrons from another union crossed the picket lines but parents reportedly didn’t know the buses were operating and some of them were almost empty.

The strike is over job protections that the union wants in any new contracts the city signs for routes they are putting up for bid.  The city says it’s trying to save money by bidding out the contracts and the protections would be illegal.

In the meantime New york 1 is reporting The Amalgamated Transit Union local 1181 pitched a compromise to City Hall that would have put the drivers back to work but the city said no.

Reportedly the union asked the mayor to slow down the bidding process so there would be time to negotiate and in return the drivers would go back to work but the city could not agree.  Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is now getting 24 hour police protection. According to published reports there is an N.Y.P.D. presence at his home and a plain clothes officer attended a budget hearing with him in Albany on Tuesday.

2 comments

  • KATE

    Wait a minute….around the clock protection for Wolcott. My tax dollars are now paying for his security, cabs and limos for school children. Has there been a viable threat to his life. Who is he to have round the clock security on my dime.
    When you are doing the right thing you have nothing to be afraid of…let's see the threat be made public before we have to pay for this insanity. Put the school bus drivers back to work..they are willing to go back. Let's get an accounting of the city's costs before we attempt to SAVE MONEY FOR EDUCATION.
    UNBELIEVABLE….

  • FrustratedParent

    Hey drivers. Get back to work. The rest of us do without any job guarantees. Quit holding parents and kids hostages. Your demands are unreasonable because you are not city employees. You cannot hold clients responsible for what your employers may or may not provide to you.

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