Possible end near for NYC school bus driver strike?

Posted at 9:34 AM, Jan 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-30 09:34:23-05

The battle continues between striking school bus drivers and matrons and the city but the big question Wednesday was: is there movement?

The union called a news conference for Wednesday morning to make an announcement but it remained unclear what the announcement would be. The strike continues with no end in sight.

On Tuesday strikers heckled replacement drivers and matrons shouting scabs, scabs, scabs as buses rolled from a bus depot on Staten Island .  The replacement drivers and matrons from another union crossed the picket lines but parents reportedly didn’t know the buses were operating and some of them were almost empty.

The strike is over job protections that the union wants in any new contracts the city signs for routes they are putting up for bid.  The city says it’s trying to save money by bidding out the contracts and the protections would be illegal.

In the meantime New york 1 is reporting The Amalgamated Transit Union local 1181 pitched a compromise to City Hall that would have put the drivers back to work but the city said no.

Reportedly the union asked the mayor to slow down the bidding process so there would be time to negotiate and in return the drivers would go back to work but the city could not agree.  Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is now getting 24 hour police protection. According to published reports there is an N.Y.P.D. presence at his home and a plain clothes officer attended a budget hearing with him in Albany on Tuesday.