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.
The giant, inflatable rat familiar to New Yorkers at union protests is apparently on the way out, according to a report.
Bloomberg is hoping the two sides can come to an agreement to end the strike which entered its seventh day on Friday.
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.
It was a frustrating day for parents and students across New York City as the school bus drivers strike forced thousands to find a new way to school.
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The main points of contention for the workers include better training and equipment, which they say are related to safety concerns for passengers and themselves.
Members of the 250-person 32BJ union voted during a noisy rally on the street outside the Times Square offices of the Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners.
Airport security officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport were expected later in the week to vote to authorize a strike.
About 40,000 AT&T landline workers are staying on the job this week without a contract, their union said Sunday.
Continuum Health Partners Communities and the New York State Nurses Association announced the deal a week before the nurses at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan had planned to strike.
More than 1,000 nurses at a New York City hospital are planning a one-day strike in January after negotiations over a new contract broke down.