Monday, January 7, 2013

Will School Buses Be Running Monday in New York City? Don't Expect the City to Know

Photo: Vincent Desjardins
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott on Sunday afternoon told parents to get ready for a school bus strike, as bus drivers threatened to walk off the job.

But all Sunday evening, parents trying to figure out if buses would be running Monday got no information from the city. Even at midnight, calls to 311 and visits to the city's web site yielded only the same press release put up Jan. 4, warning that a strike might happen and urging parents to make other travel arrangements.

Several news sites however, quoted the union as saying that drivers will show up to work on Monday as usual.

If CBS and NBC could talk to the union about Monday's bus service, why couldn't the city?

The union has threatened to strike because a new contract the city is shopping does not include job guarantees for the most experienced drivers of disabled/special-needs children, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

Hundreds of parents and drivers gathered at City Hall Park on Sunday to demonstrate support for the bus drivers, according to DNAinfo.

The supporters were chased from the park by police.

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