New York City school bus strike may be imminent, affecting more than 150,000 students. Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson tweeted early this morning that, “The union representing NYC school bus drivers will likely strike this week. Parents who rely on a bus should begin making alternate plans.”
The city has said it will supply students with free MetroCards and will reimburse parents for taxi fare or car service if needed to get their kids to school.
The Amalgamated Transit Union has been threatening a strike, saying it is unhappy with the city’s decision to go ahead with re-bidding on their contract without job guarantees for current employees.
The city has argued that costs are too high now and bus service should go out for bidding for the first time in more than three decades. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has scheduled a news conference to address the situation.
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