An event at the Governor’s Residence highlights school bus safety issues and recognizes winners of the state’s poster contest and safety competition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The longtime head of a union that represents thousands of school bus drivers across the U.S. said last week that he is retiring.
Andy Stern has served as president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for the past 14 years. He joined the union in 1972 as a member of Local 668 in Pennsylvania.
As Stern steps down, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will assume the role of interim president until a successor is voted on.
SEIU spokesperson Diane Minor told SBF that the union represents an estimated 18,000 school bus drivers in eight states and hundreds of school districts. The largest numbers are in California, Minnesota and Washington state.
Stern is credited with doubling the union’s membership during his tenure, to 2.2 million members, and with helping elect Barack Obama to president and helping pass healthcare reform. SEIU made an early endorsement of Obama, and the union was reportedly the largest contributor to his election efforts.
Stern has often been a target of criticism in the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and from Fox News commentators, and he is seen by some in the labor community as a divisive figure.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which broke away from SEIU, is fighting the larger union for the allegiance of tens of thousands of healthcare employees in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The initial rollout will showcase companies in such areas as attendance, camera technology, GPS, fleet maintenance, and parent portal.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association holds a variety of school bus safety events throughout the state and renews its call for stiffer penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.
NAPT and SBF are researching issues related to school bus driver shortage. Transportation directors and hiring managers are asked to complete a survey on the subject. The deadline is Monday.
Tod Eskra takes the reins of the school bus fleet management services firm, which is a member of the TransPar Group of Companies.
This powerful PSA tells the heartbreaking story of 12-year-old Adam Kempf, who was fatally struck by a van while crossing the street to board his school bus in 2012.
During School Bus Safety Week, state troopers are riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass them.
A 15-year-old in Pennsylvania said he was hit with a metal rod while waiting for his bus. Authorities say his fabricated story brought in more than $4,000 in donations on GoFundMe.
The new edition of National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures incorporates updates that were adopted at the 2015 industry congress.
Appreciation efforts for Cobb County’s more than 1,000 drivers include a poetry contest, thank-you cards, and breakfasts and lunches.
Emporia (Kan.) Public Schools’ video for National School Bus Safety Week informs the public about safety procedures, including pre-trip inspections, warning lights and stop arms, and student loading and unloading.
Durham School Services has created “Rollin’ With Safety,” which gives students and parents school bus safety tips.
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools cancels some school bus routes three days in a row. The bus drivers’ union says that the district is 50 to 70 drivers short.
Among other PACCAR Parts and Peterbilt Motors Co. awards presented in Orlando, Florida, The Peterbilt Store receives the TRP Bus Segment Dealer of the Year Award.
School districts in Georgia and other states have adopted the "Safe, Orderly, and Respectful" concept for teaching students about school bus safety.