Boston officials: School bus drivers action ‘illegal’
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston public school officials and the city are calling the action by the school bus drivers illegal, despite drivers’ claims that it is not a strike.
The city says 33,000 public, private and charter school kids were impacted by the wildcat strike, which means the rank and file goes out without the leadership’s approval.
Mayor Menino was furious about the job actions saying that it puts the safety of the children in jeopardy. City attorneys said they are going to court to seek an injunction from a judge ordering drivers back to work.
The mayor also said he would pursue every legal action possible, explore discipline against the drivers for the illegal strike, and will assess how many students attended school and what should be done to get kids to school Wednesday morning.
Roughly 30 of more than 600 buses were on their routes Tuesday. MBTA is allowing anyone with a student ID, as well as their parents, to ride the MBTA for free.
“They have to respect us like we're significant. We're ready to work and we want to work,” one bus driver said.
“Once again the safety of our students was put at risk. Once again, an opportunity for learning was deprived,” said Supt. John McDonough, Boston School Dept.
The drivers signed a new deal with the First Student bus company in December of 2011 which says: “The Union agrees that there will be no strikes, stoppages of work, or slowdowns during the life of this agreement.”
The United Steelworkers represent these drivers and put out a statement saying that they agree with the city that the drivers are mounting an illegal strike and should immediately resume work.
For the latest information, parents can call a hot line: (617) 635-9520 or visit Bostonpublicschools.org