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School bus driver strike averted, but still possible

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jan 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-07 09:58:38-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) – New York City school bus drivers did not strike Monday morning but they say they could walk out any day.  That has left parents worried about their kids and how they will get to school safely.

If there is a strike Robo calls will go out to affected families.  Students would get temporary Metro cards through the schools general office.  Younger children will get a second metro card for a parent or guardian.  Special needs children will get reimbursed for non public transportation.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott blames the union saying at a Sunday news conference ” They are jerking our kids around. We can’t allow that to happen. I won’t allow that to happen.Quite frankly the first day would be rough.”

The city is looking to save money by putting certain bus routes up for bid and by using non union drivers while the union is demanding that current drivers be guaranteed jobs under the new contracts.New York City currently pays the highest rate per student to bus pupils to school at about $6,900 a year.  L.A. pays about half as much.

Union brass says they don’t want to strike but they will if they have to.