NEW YORK (PIX11) – Day two of the New York City school bus strike arrived Thursday, with no end in sight. In Queens and across the five boroughs, striking workers were on the picket line. All of this comes after a rough start of the strike for workers and parents alike.
More than 8,000 school bus drivers and attendants walked off the job Wednesday. The strikers want job protections in any new contracts the city signs for bus service.
Asked what it would take to end the strike one worker told PIX 11 “For the mayor to give us our job security. And we want the parents to know we care about the kids.”
The worker went on to say, “We want parents to speak out and let the mayor know he should give us what we want and help us out.”
The city is planning to put some bus routes up for bid to save money and the mayor says the protections the union for drivers wants have been ruled illegal by the courts.
Legal experts are split on who is right some say the mayor others say the courts have not ruled the protections are illegal in all cases. All in all the city says the strike affects some 152,000 students out of 1.3 in the system and most made it to school Wednesday okay.
In the meantime strikers we talked to say they are prepared to stay on the picket line for as long as it takes to secure their demands.