NYC: Bus Drivers Shouldn’t Take It Out On Kids

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New York City’s schools chancellor says school bus drivers should take up their dispute with the court, not on the children.

Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union announced Monday more than 8,000 bus drivers and matrons would participate in a strike, beginning Wednesday.

Chancellor Dennis Walcott told Fox 5 News Tuesday that some smaller bus drivers’ unions aren’t striking. Their bus routes will be posted on the Department of Education website.

Local 1181 is the largest school bus drivers’ union, providing transportation for 152,000 students — 54,000 of them disabled.

Walcott said the state appeals court last year ruled that what the union is demanding is illegal.

The dispute is over job protections. The city has put bus contracts with private bus companies up for bid.

(AP)