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The Call Blog: Sources Say School Bus Strike To End Tonight

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This is really a disappointing end for school bus drivers and matrons who have been out in the cold for weeks just hoping to have their message heard. The act of giving in without a resolution almost seems worse.



Sources tell NY1 News the month-long school bus strike will end tonight. Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 will advise almost 9,000 bus drivers, matrons and mechanics to return to work, despite not having job protections in their next round of contracts.

The decision from the union comes the day after it received a letter from five Democrats who are vying to become New York City's next mayor. The candidates said if they were elected, they would revisit the issue of job security with the ATU. Mayor Bloomberg has refused to negotiate with the union, citing a court ruling that found City Hall can't tell a contractor who to hire. What do you say?

Should the ATU go back to work without employee protection provisions in their next contracts? Why do you think the five Democrats encouraged the union to end the strike? Do you consider this a major victory for Mayor Bloomberg? How will the end of the strike affect you or your family?

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If Bloomberg is already accepting bids for school bus transportation - won't this bidding be over way before he leaves office and won't the winning bids be announced before he leaves office, too? If that is the case - how does the fact that the candidates for mayor help the unionized workers? Won't the winning companies have plenty of time to staff their buses before the new mayor takes office?

I don't consider it a win for Bloomberg - it's actually a slap in his face since the candidates are saying they would be willing to renegotiate with the union when Bloomberg is claiming he has no right to.

The end of the strike will not affect me or my family.

Jessica
Arden Heights



Governments and unions. Unions and government. Pestilences both. Get rid of the unions and shrink government to it's Constitutional size.

Joe
Port Richmond



First of all I don't trust any of these politicians with this story. The red head was leading the band I am quite sure of that. Again this Bloomberg probably paid a lot of money to these so called fabulous 5 because not one of them should even be running for mayor to being with. What if an outsider decides to run. No matter what or how the offer is or was proposed to this 1181 ATU there still is no guarantee that you will have a job in the next administration. [SHOW SOME GUTS PEOPLE AND REFUSE THEIR SUGGESTION OR OFFER WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO CALL IT] [I DON'T TRUST THEM IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM]

THEY ARE ALL CROOKS AND THEY HAVE TO MUCH MONEY TO THROW AROUND AND THE MONEY BELONGS TO US TAX PAYERS. = GOING OFF TOPIC AS USUAL= HAVE YOU ALL READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT SHELLY SILVER GETTING 5 MILL DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO USE AS A SLUSH FUND JUST TO PAY OFF POLITICIANS IN SEXUAL TROUBLES OF ALL KIND.

"HEY!!!=JUST SAY I'M SORRY"

Maxxiee
Morris Park



The news that the union has decided to suspend its one month school bus strike is certainly welcome news to parents,students,drivers ,matrons and mechanics.It has been a very difficult month for everyone. The hardworking and dedicated drivers,matrons and mechanics need to return ,so that they can once again have a daily paycheck to help support themselves and their families.All of the students,especially those with special needs and physical disabilities ,need to have their buses back to transport them to their schools. This will certainly bring relief to the thousands of parents who have had to drastically alter their daily routines during the strike in order to get their children to school.Hopefully,the union and the bus companies will be able to resolve the issues via intense,serious and constructive negotiations.With a strike such as this one,there are no winners at all.All parties need to work together to bridge their differences in order to reach a fair and acceptable settlement,one that includes the unions' concerns as well as the bus companies.

John
Fresh Meadows



Larry Hanley is president of the ATU International, not Local 1181 ATU, whose president is Michael Cordiello. The union local & international are at odds over te strike.

The strike had no endgame. The EPP is violative of the state competitive bidding laws. Worker protections belong in collective bargaining agreemebts, not city contracts.

Michael



Thank you Mr. Tony Avella, you could not have it explained it better.

There was no choice but to end the strike when you are unable to negotiate with this billionaire mayor that has no sympathy for the working class of this city and I commend these public servants that intervened to help give some hope for these workers to find a resolution in the near future and I hope they don't forget their pledge to revisit this issue and help these workers that have been treated unfairly.

Sammy



The City is already responsible for some 250,000 city workers, many in unions. Taking additional responsibility for the unions that work for our contractors is just absurd. The Mayor just saved New York City taxpayers a lot of money and grief in the future. Political hacks, please go to sleep, it's 9pm.

Frank
Sunset Park



I find it amazing that our Mayor is saying these low income workers are costing the taxpayers. They do not make exorbitant wages. They are responsible for children. Why focus on the lower wage earners while Wall Street/CEOs have carte Blanche (sp). Such an old tactic of blaming the city's ills on union workers. They , the bus workers just want a decent wage. And job security. Would he rather create more unemployed?

Chris
West Brighton



What's the real motive with this decision of the democratic mayoral hopefuls joining forces to end the school bus strike? I strongly disagree with this decision. Why are these bus drivers deciding to go back to work without EPPs put in place? Because these democratic candidates proclaim that they will revisit this issue after the election? What exactly does that mean in its entirety? What if one of these so-called democratic candidates does not win the Mayor's Office -- then what happens? I knew that Christine Quinn would move mountains to protect the backside of Mayor Bloomberg allowing him and his administration to take credit in successfully ending this strike. But I am stunned at John Liu, Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Are they all slobbering after Mayor Bloomberg for financial backing? Democrats are supposed to be Pro Union -- the politicians in New York City seem to be proving that notion absolutely false. Are they also going to bid against the Teachers Union?

I guess I know how I will be voting in the Mayor's race -- Republican! For the very first time.

Lisa
Upper East Side


I can't believe it! I am glad the strike is over! That was hard for me and my son! Thanks!



There is no choice... A billionaire has our backs to the wall and the objective now is to try to not let him break the union and save at least the pensions. There are still a majority of contracts that haven't expired with the EPP still in them and the hope is that the new administration will help save the EPP on those.

Sally



The union should form their own company and bid on the bus contract. If they place a competitive bid and win. The union now has job protection and they control their own destiny as they own and run the company. Just a suggestion.



The union is in the right. The epp in effect until 2015. Now it give them the chance to talk to a mayor who really cares for the people



What is so difficult for these people to understand that 12 Justices ruled the EPP goes against Public Policy! Because you have been an employee for 20 years and I have been employed 1 year that gives them first dibs to be hired? It's discrimination at it's finest!!!! Not Safety!! I am not a Bloomberg fan, but 100% behind him on this one.

Bernice
Bronx



The mayor should put pressure on the private bus companies to be fair to their people.

Philip
Harlem



start their own business at 65? What planet are you living on John? I think mayor Bloomberg is a union breaker and a bully who has had a bad reputation with city workers as well they deserve job security especially older workers. I look fwd to the day he leaves office. All about the money and strong arming the working clasz

They could work and union can still fight but kids will be getting an education without missing out on days or parents being stressed out.

Jennifer
Ridgewood



The bus company mgmt is playing with our heart strings. The senior management is making boatloads of money while the staff is making nothing. Now they're complaining about having the contracts opened up. As Seth said taxpayers are paying twice as much for bus services and its not the driving staff taking that money home. Who is?

Scott
Chelsea

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