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Report: Federal Intervention Could End Bus Strike As Early As Tuesday

Strikers stand in the rain outside of the Atlantic Express Transportation Crop. after more than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning on January 16, 2013. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Strikers stand in the rain outside of the Atlantic Express Transportation Crop. after more than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning on January 16, 2013. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A school bus driver strike that has inconvenienced New Yorkers since Wednesday may be over sooner than expected, the New York Daily News reported.

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to take a formal complaint about the strike from private bus companies who are calling the strike illegal. A ruling by the board could end the strike as early as Tuesday.

The strike was sparked by Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to cut costs by re-bidding school bus contracts for the city’s schools. The contracts in question would not guarantee jobs or recognize the seniority of drivers or the matrons who work with special needs students.

The bus companies claim that they are being unfairly financially punished by the dispute between the city and drivers’ union.

On Friday less than 2,400 school buses were on the road and only 62-percent of the city’s special-ed students made it to school.

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