January 16, 2013
NYC School Bus Driver Strike
Today, 8,000 schol bus drivers and monitors went on strike in New York City, leaving over 100,000 students to find another way to school. At the heart of the dispute is the city's attempt to save money by bidding out bus contracts. The city states that it wants to include job security for union employees which have long existed with its previous no-bid contracts, but a recent state court decision held that they can't include such a provision for competitive bids. The union doesn't want the contract to be bid out, but no word on whether there is any movement in negotiation.
The New York Times has a good background on the difficulties the city has had with its bus routes.
Hat Tip: Michael Duff
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