Boston school bus drivers walk off job
BOSTON (WHDH) -- After one full day of the Boston bus drivers’ decision to not work in opposition to changes made by the bus company Veolia Transportation parents and city officials are angry.
“Our young people shouldn't be hurt by people who only want to cause disruption in our city,” Mayor Thomas Menino said.
When buses didn’t leave the yard Monday morning, many parents took the initiative and 82 percent of students were in school.
“The company is keeping my son from going to school. The company is keeping me from going to work,” Nanette Cromartie said,
The drivers are upset about Veolia’s decision to implement GPS tracking on the buses and the company's new training procedures.
“We have been telling Veolia Transportation to come to the table, to talk to us, to assure us that they will live up to this contract that they signed on June 18 and we will be back to work tomorrow morning. That's it,” Steve Kirschbaum, USW Local 8751 representative, said.
The city took the union to court on Monday but a federal judge dismissed the case saying that the workers were voluntarily deciding not to work on their own and that it wasn’t a union decision.
Boston Public schools will all open an hour before their normal start time Wednesday to allow parents to drop off their children before heading to work.