Members of the City Council are calling for Albany to make school bus driver employment protections a mandatory part of contracts going forward.
Thirty-two of the 51 city council members signed a letter in support of job protections and benefits for experienced workers.
The measure was put into driver contracts in 1979, but taken out during the last mayoral administration.
They say that after it was taken out, thousands of bus drivers and attendants were laid off as a cost-cutting measure, and replaced by workers with less experience who were paid at a lower rate.
About a third of the city's school bus contracts are set to expire at the end of the school year.
During his campaign Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would take a closer look at the issue if elected. The department of education says it's reviewing the policy.