Letter: Keep school buses in union hands

A file photo of school buses. A file photo of school buses. Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

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The self-serving letter from the New York State Bus Contractors Association, promoting the privatization of public school transportation services, was a transparent effort by a special-interest group to further an anti-union agenda ["Schools and private bus contracts," April 9].

This group's "money-saving solutions" would compromise student safety by placing transportation services in the hands of inexperienced drivers with little appreciation for the districts and people they serve, and unproven mechanics with questionable expertise necessary to maintain vehicles with many thousands of miles on them.

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In addition, consider the intricate routing procedures now performed with ease by trained professionals. Confusion would reign if these responsibilities were left to the novices likely to be employed at the lowest of wages by these private school-bus operators. It's worth an extra dollar or two to get the job done right every time.

Rich Impagliazzo, Commack

Editor's note: The writer is a communications specialist for the Civil Service Employees Association, Long Island Region.

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