NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yellow school buses in the city were back rolling again Tuesday, despite the ongoing strike.
As CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported, some bus companies have decided to hire replacement workers to help get special needs students to class.
Union drivers have been crying foul, but Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 said they will be making an announcement about the ongoing strike at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. It is unclear what they will be announcing.
Dozens of buses rolled out Tuesday on Staten Island amid jeers, boos and shouts of “scab” from striking school bus drivers and matrons. The shouts from members of Local 1181 scorned the replacement drivers – members of a different union – and who took over their routes.
The shouts were fueled by more emotion than usual.
“I feel like it’s a disgrace,” said Local 1181 bus driver Al Passaretti. “You’re being betrayed.”
The Local 1181 drivers were especially angry at the replacement drivers’ decision not to honor the strike and to cross the picket line, despite being unionized themselves.
“They’re crossing another union’s lines,” said Local 1181 driver Bernard Previti. “Very, very poor judgment on their part.”
But the bus companies said they had no option other than to bring in new drivers.
“The (Department of Education) is demanding that we fulfill our contracts,” Atlantic Express owner Dominick Gatto told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “We have no choice.”