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.
The report showed 47 percent of buses failed and had to be taken off the road while an additional 12 percent failed for minor items that do not affect safety and need only be repaired within 30 days.
Several Kips Bay families are steeped in a school bus battle with the Department Of Education.
Frederick Flowers, 66, has been charged with five counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, five counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of driving while intoxicated.
A mini school bus carrying children crashed into a house on Long Island Wednesday afternoon.
It happened just after 6 a.m. at the corner of East 21 Street and Church Avenue in Flatbush.
The school bus hit several cars, then struck a Q23 bus at the intersection of 108th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway in Corona. The driver of the school bus then tried to drive away, but was stopped a short time later, according to the MTA.
A school bus driver who was in a coma after being beaten by an angry motorist, died on Friday night.
The bus was traveling westbound on 87th when it was hit by the cab headed southbound on 150th, police said.
Carla Sebedra, who attends a day care center, was picked up at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, but was not dropped off at the usual time of 3:30 p.m.