Menino 'extremely angry' over bus drivers actions
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Veolia Transportation, the company responsible for the Boston Public Schools transportation, has had an emergency injunction against the bus drivers union rejected by a federal court.
“If drivers do not return to work tomorrow the City and Veolia Transportation will continue to pursue all legal actions available, including monetary damages against the union and those who have participated in this illegal action,” Mayor Thomas Menino said during a press conference Monday afternoon.
Menino said the city is working to ensure parents are able to safely get their kids to school without major disruption.
“To help parents get to work on time tomorrow the Boston Public Schools will open one hour earlier for drop off, prior to the normal start of school. The MBTA will assist us, as they did today, in offering free rides for any student,” Menino said.
Menino was joined at a press conference by BPS Superintendent John McDonough who said the failure of the illegal action was shown by the 82 percent attendance in the district on Monday.
“The drivers may have staged an illegal action and stopped the buses, but it will not stop the business of teaching and learning in the City of Boston,” McDonough said.
Menino went on to thank the parents who brought their students to school.
“I want to thank the parents, this is extremely frustrating for them and I don’t blame them for being angry. I am extremely angry,” he said.