Boston School Bus Driver Strike, October 2013

October 8, 2013 by  

Boston School Bus Driver Strike, October 2013, Tuesday afternoon bus service was cancelled for Boston Public School students after nearly all of the department’s bus drivers unexpectedly went on strike without approval from their union.

The department said about 600 of 700 drivers who work for the city’s bus contractor walked off the job Tuesday morning, leaving just 30 of 650 morning bus routes staffed.

John Shinn, the regional director for the United Steelworkers union, which represents the drivers, said in a statement that the drivers’ actions were not authorized.

“The USW does not condone the current action, or any violation of our collective bargaining agreement, and has instructed all members of Local 8751 to immediately cease this strike against Veolia Transportation and resume work as soon as possible,” Shinn said.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said in a press conference that the strike was brought on by drivers who “agreed to a contract and now … don’t want to live up to that contract” and that he would not allow the drivers to “use our students as pawns.”

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