NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City parents Sunday night were being warned to make alternate plans, with a school bus strike considered close to inevitable.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson tweeted early Sunday morning that, “The union representing NYC school bus drivers will likely strike this week. Parents who rely on a bus should begin making alternate plans.”
As CBS 2’s Drew Levinson reported, the announcement could come as early as Monday that drivers would walk off their jobs midweek, leaving 152,000 students without transportation to school.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott at a news conference on Sunday said it seemed a strike is imminent.
“Not now a matter of if, but a matter of when,” Walcott said Sunday. “We’re operating on rumor and hearsay and you can’t run a system on rumor or hearsay.”
There are reports that the picket posters have already been printed.
“We’ve heard Wednesday, but again, we haven’t heard anything official,” Walcott said. “It is possible that some bus companies may continue to operate while others are striking.”