Management

NYC school bus drivers to end strike

Thomas McMahon
Posted on February 19, 2013
Full school bus service in New York City is expected to resume when students return from winter recess on Wednesday.

Full school bus service in New York City is expected to resume when students return from winter recess on Wednesday.

NEW YORK — More than a month after going on strike, members of New York City's biggest school bus driver union will go back to work this week.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday night that union leaders had agreed to end the strike. Full bus service is expected to resume when students return from winter recess on Wednesday.

“I want to thank the families, teachers, schools and Department of Education staff who faced a challenging four weeks, as well as the bus employees who helped keep some of the routes operational throughout the strike,” Bloomberg said. “We appreciate the hard work our bus drivers and matrons do, and we welcome them back to the job.”

Earlier last week, the city accepted the first bids on school bus contracts in more than 30 years.

Dennis Walcott, chancellor of the Department of Education (DOE), said that the new bids have “the potential to cut costs, transfer the savings to classrooms and secure quality service from certified drivers and matrons for our students. This open, fair and competitive process is what our school system and city deserve and sets an important standard that we will continue to uphold.”

The strike began on Jan. 16, with Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union calling for the continuation of job protections that Mayor Michael Bloomberg contended "the city is not legally allowed to provide."

With the union on strike, the DOE deployed a number of alternate arrangements to get kids to and from school, including distributing MetroCards and providing reimbursements for families that had to drive or use a car service. Some yellow buses were operated by school bus drivers who aren’t Local 1181 members.

Walcott extended his thanks to “the bus companies, drivers and matrons who helped keep some bus routes in service and continued to increase the number of routes that went out every day. Because of their hard work and dedication to our students, we were able to increase the number of routes that went out by more than 400 by the end of the strike.”

Walcott also noted that student attendance increased from around 49% on the first day of the strike to over 78% last week.

Related Topics: New York, unions

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
In his new role, Sean Waters will work with regulatory agency leadership on standard-setting initiatives for commercial vehicles, including those for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Thomas Built Buses. Photo courtesy DTNA
News

Daimler Trucks North America Names New VP

As vice president of product compliance and regulatory affairs, Sean Waters will work with regulatory agency leadership on standard-setting initiatives for commercial vehicles, including for Thomas Built Buses.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation learned from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it has not completed the Entry Level Driver Training registry due to technical issues. NAPT expects the ELDT deadline to be delayed. File photo courtesy Orange (Calif.) Unified School District
News

NAPT: Driver Training Deadline Delay Likely

The National Association for Pupil Transportation learns from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it has not completed the Entry Level Driver Training registry due to technical issues. NAPT expects the ELDT deadline to be delayed.

Alicia Jennings, owner of Jennings Bus Co. in Canton, Penn., captured this shot of her four grandchildren getting ready to board the bus for their first day of school. She said their excitement about school buses and their family bus business has been brewing since they were infants.
Photo

PHOTOS: Pupil Transportation in Pictures — Fall/Winter 2019

An educational school bus safety display, snowy school bus yards, and a bus stopping for a moose to cross the road are among the captivating photo submissions from industry personnel and those from the Snapshots department in recent issues of School Bus Fleet.

Photo courtesy AMF-Bruns of America
Article

5 New Technology Offerings for Pupil Transportation

Integrated mirrors with driver alert LEDs, an artificial intelligence-powered stop-arm camera system, and heavy-duty wheelchair tie-downs were some of the latest technology options showcased at the NAPT trade show on Nov. 5 in Columbus, Ohio.

A group of RSU 14 Windham Raymond (Maine) Schools students, with support from school staff and community members, are working to raise nearly $33,000 to add 15 extended stop arms to buses on routes in their district with high numbers of illegal passing incidents. Photo courtesy Carrie Menard
News

Students, Community Raise Funds for Extended Stop Arms

The group of Maine students, with support from school staff and community members, is working to raise nearly $33,000 to add 15 extended stop arms to buses on routes with the highest number of illegal passing incidents.

News

Man Buys School Bus for Grandchildren

Doug Hayes of Oregon buys the bus as a Christmas gift so he can begin taking five of his 10 grandkids to and from their small private school, which does not offer bus service.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!