Local 1181 President Michael Cordiello said in no way is the suspension of the strike a sign of his side giving up its fight.
Lawyers for the board issued a memorandum rejecting a complaint brought by a group of 20 private bus companies who argued the strike was illegal.
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.
Six months after a cement truck slammed head-on into a school bus filled with summer campers, prosecutors in Nassau County said the driver of the truck was on drugs.
A Long Island school district has made the move to a cleaner and less costly way to transport its students.
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.
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.
New York City school bus drivers were just hours from walking off the job Tuesday night, and thousands of parents were scrambling to find alternate transportation.
“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.”
“I just heard a loud bang and then I heard a second one, and I just came running over,” said Michael Shance, who was in a nearby apartment complex.
A teenage girl was hospitalized Wednesday night after either falling or jumping from a school bus in Rutherford, N.J.
The wheels on New York City school buses could stop going round and round first thing in the New Year.