Union members hold impromptu meeting at bus yard
HYDE PARK, Mass. (WHDH) -- Drivers reported to work Thursday morning even though after a day of negotiations, representatives for the Boston bus drivers union and Veolia Transportation are no closer to an agreement.
The bus company says in total seven employees are being investigated. Two union leaders were placed on paid leave and ordered not to show up to the Hyde Park bus yard. However, when they decided to hold an impromptu union meeting, they were escorted off the property by Boston police.
“The two individuals who trespassed, they were escorted off. The others voluntarily went with him. We have nothing against the bus drivers. We just escorted out the two who clearly had notice not to be on the property,” said Supt. Chief William Evans, Boston police dept.
The drivers say they will continue to drive kids, but are not ready to give up the fight.
The Steelworkers Union has 15 demands for the bus company, including complete amnesty for Tuesday's walk-off that the city considers an illegal strike. Other demands have to do with payroll, including using GPS units as the basis for paying drivers.
Officials say after Wednesday's 11-hour meeting, they heard but didn't agree to any of the demands.
Mayor Menino says that he is encouraged by the fact that the drivers are working, and he says that he is pleased with how the company is handling this situation.