Replacement school bus drivers restore some service during strike

School bus drivers and matrons strike in front

School bus drivers and matrons strike in front of Amboy Bus, Company. (Charles Eckert) (Credit: School bus drivers and matrons strike in front of Amboy Bus, Company. (Charles Eckert))

School bus service resumed for 85 routes in the city Tuesday after replacement drivers got behind the wheel.

Tensions rose outside a Staten Island depot as the 116 drivers went to work in front of striking drivers but there were no arrests, the the education department said.

The replacement drivers are members of other school bus unions and were recently cerified by the city.

Although more than 8,000 members of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union are still not driving on their roughly 2,810 routes, the city said school attendance was 90%.

The union gave are no indication that the two-week strike will end anytime soon.

The union wants the mayor to include employee protection provision in its bid for 1,000 new school bus contracts so that senior drivers could keep their jobs.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued that the courts deemed EPP illegal and he must push on with the bids to shave the $1.1 billion annual school bus cost.

The bus companies and union met at Gracie Mansion on Monday with a mediator to work out an agreement but union president Michael Cordiello said he wants the mayor to get directly involved.

Tags: NEWS , local 1181 of the amalgamated transit union , Michael Bloomberg , school bus strike , Department of Education , Ivan Pereira , ARTICLE , AMNY , HOLD

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