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.
Union head Peter Ward said Tuesday that the New York Hotel Trades Council would not end its walkout without a full union contract.
Robert Baricevac, who had a kidney transplant 6 1/2 years ago, says if a deal isn’t worked out soon, he will have to foot the bill for doctor’s appointments and medications totaling about $3,000 a month.
They carried American flags and chanted “What’s disgusting? Union busting” outside Lowell McAdam’s Mendham residence. Police say the protest was peaceful and without incident.
Larry Dorman, a spokesman for the AFSCME Local 3145, would not release the vote totals but said a “clear margin” was in favor of authorizing a strike. He said Red Cross workers in other states also will be taking strike authorization votes this week.
Candice Johnson of the Communication Workers of America and Verizon’s Richard Young had no immediate word on progress toward settling a strike that was in its second day Monday.
The strike does not involve employees of Verizon Wireless so it won’t affect service. The contract covers telephone and repair technicians, wireline customer service representatives and operators.