The school bus strike that has had thousands of parents scrambling to get their kids to school for the past month has come to an end.
Striking school bus drivers were blaming non-union drivers Wednesday for a school bus crash in Bushwick, Brooklyn that left 14 people injured – including 11 children.
Several school bus companies have filed a lawsuit against New York City Monday, seeking to have existing protections for drivers declared illegal as those drivers press on with a strike.
Thousands of striking school bus drivers and their supporters held a protest Sunday, calling Mayor Michael Bloomberg “heartless” as the city prepares to open competitive bidding for new contracts.
Michael Cordiello of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union said the union had requested a “cooling off” period of up to three months if the city was willing suspend the opening of the special education bid and come to the table.
Dozens of buses rolled out Tuesday on Staten Island amid jeers, boos and shouts of “scab” from striking school bus drivers and matrons.
The walkout began on Jan. 16, triggered by the city’s plan to put bus contracts out to bid to lower costs.
Bloomberg is hoping the two sides can come to an agreement to end the strike which entered its seventh day on Friday.
With the New York City school bus strike now a week old, it’s starting to get ugly. In the dead of night, buses parked in depot had their tires slashed.
The strike by city school bus drivers and matrons continues with no end in sight.
Michael Cordiello of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union said the drivers will strike until Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city agree to put a job security clause back into their contract.
More than 8,000 school bus drivers and matrons went on strike in New York City Wednesday, leaving nearly 152,000 public school students having to find other ways to get to class.
“While we remain optimistic that we can reach an agreement, we are here today to announce that Local 1181 will strike effective Wednesday morning,” said union president Michael Cordiello. “It is action we must take.”
Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union is furious over the details of a new plan by the city to put contracts with private bus companies up for bid.
The city says it’s amazing that it has to spend an average of $6,900 a year per pupil to get students to school. It costs less than half that, $3,124, in Los Angeles, the second largest school district.