Thursday, December 18, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 

News

Source: Union Pitched Compromise To Put Striking Bus Drivers Back To Work, City Said No

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Source: Union Pitched Compromise To Put Striking Bus Drivers Back To Work, City Said No
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

A source tells NY1 that the striking school bus drivers' union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, pitched a compromise to City Hall that would have put drivers back to work, but the city said no.

A source says the union asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg to slow down the bidding process for new bus contracts so all sides could have time to negotiate.

The drivers would have gone back to work while those talks took place, but the source says the city wouldn't agree.

Some bus routes returned Tuesday, with drivers and attendants from a different union who crossed picket lines on Staten Island, but many parents told NY1 they had no idea the buses were coming, and some were practically empty.

The striking drivers want job protections in any new contract with the city.

NY1 has reached out to City Hall for a response as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Out of the city's 7,700 routes, 12.5 percent are currently running for general education students, and about 37 percent for special education students.

The city says to check for updated route information online at schools.nyc.gov.

10.11.12.245 ClientIP: 54.211.219.68, 168.143.242.237, 10.48.37.118 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP