Bus drivers with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 approve a strike after lawmakers fail to include job protections in the new state budget.
A new contract brings more than 1,000 Washington, D.C.-area bus drivers and attendants to pay parity with other government employees by the next fiscal year.
Many Boston Public Schools buses were delayed or didn't arrive last week due to an unexpected number of driver absences as the drivers union negotiates a new contract.
About 270 drivers and monitors become Teamsters after a recent vote.
A one-day work stoppage is called off after the union and school district take steps to resolve labor practice issues and reach an agreement on wage increases.
The drivers say they are calling for a retirement and health care package that is affordable enough to include their families. First Student says the contract it is offering the drivers is fair.
About 50 monitors working for Niagara Falls Coach Lines vote to join Teamsters Local 264. Wages are among the biggest concerns: The workers currently get minimum wage with no benefits.
The potential strikes had threatened to impact thousands of students in the two cities. In both cases, the transportation companies reach tentative agreements with the driver unions.
Providence seeks cost estimates for privatizing school bus monitors to save money on a tight budget as it puts a new contract agreement out to bid. The city’s municipal employees’ union plans to oppose any attempts to privatize the service.
News stories that attracted the most traffic on Schoolbusfleet.com covered such topics as school bus stop-arm cameras, driver union dues and a bus stop dog attack.
Voters recently passed a ballot measure increasing the minimum wage by $2 per hour by 2016. Meanwhile, a state law passed in 1989 requires school bus drivers to be paid at least twice the minimum wage, bringing their minimum pay to $19.50 per hour in 2016.
Officials say that the contract ratified by the United Auto Workers rewards the contributions of Thomas Built Buses’ workforce while improving efficiency.
About a dozen Boston Public Schools bus routes were unstaffed Monday morning, leaving 400 students stranded. The bus contractor dispatched supervisors to drive buses Tuesday morning, “due to a continued shortage of union drivers willing to work,” but was able to cover all routes. The no-shows are related to a labor dispute that led to a strike last October.