School Bus Strike Update

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Many New York City school bus routes were shuttered today as drivers went on strike. Schoolbook reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan update the latest. Then, Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, discusses how the city should approach negotiations with the union and the bus companies.


Beth Fertig, Nicole Gelinas and Yasmeen Khan

Comments [11]

Tabby from nyc

Bloomberg & Walcott both lie.. Bloomberg himself is not legal he put himself in office 3 times and then change the law back so the next mayor could have only 2 terms he is full of it.. poor Walcott he is his puppet... I hope all the best for the drivers

Jan. 17 2013 07:35 PM
oscar from ny

I'm so disappointed at the ppl of N.Y because they have let this minnie dictator buy his way inside the mayors office with the help of that fervant Quinn who sold out this city over a marriage.
Now we have a governor who's as stiff as cartoon character who only thing on his mind is probably his really hot wife and that delicious cooking she makes.
This mayor is so shrewd and cheap, his not a politician but a horderer of wealth, he looks down at the public and runs this city for his convenience and since this city is so dead and everyday it becomes darker there is no one to help us from getting the results of someone who only cares about himself and his money...

Jan. 16 2013 10:54 AM
Ellen from washington heights

Oh great, now cyclists and pedestrians will have to add school busses to the long list of vehicles driven by drivers who are inexperienced or not trained to operate safely in NYC that are likely to hit them. This list now includes private sanitation and construction vehicles, big rigs, out of state charter busses and soon, school busses.

Its not just about the safety of the children on the busses.

Jan. 16 2013 10:25 AM

why are all the municipal contracts up all at the same time?

Jan. 16 2013 10:22 AM

...because we want those compensation curves in last Sunday's NYT to keep diverging, right? That's why we can't let the unions get away with ANYTHING.
It's important to keep that wealth concentrating... we can all feel pride in having the richest Mayor in the USA, right? Like having a winning baseball team.

Jan. 16 2013 10:19 AM
Leslie Ehrlich from Manhattan

Hi, I have a hard time deciding what I think about the school bus strike because the convo is happening almost entirely devoid of facts. What do drivers make? How does that compare to school buses in other districts/cities? What about other commercial drivers? What about the other provisions drivers are looking for? It's impossible to have a view about the central question -- is the mayor just union-busting, or are the drivers being unreasonable -- without some facts!

PS my daughter usually rides a school bus, and having to go to school twice a day, however I get there, will get old fast.

Jan. 16 2013 10:19 AM
Michele from Queens

What no one seems to be reporting is that we have a very recent example of the effects of the lowest bid model for busing. Last year Early Intervention and Pre-K busing was re-bid last year and it was a terrible shambles. I am the mother of a special needs child and speaking to my son's former preschool they said it was a mess last fall. Children were two hours late, children were soiling themselves, buses were still in the yard at the time they should have been dropped off at school, children were being transported by people with no training or experience with special needs kids. Look at events last fall and we can see that special needs busing does require a degree of professionalism.

Jan. 16 2013 10:16 AM
RJ from prospect hts.

Simple answer to Brian's question: Yes, safety tops lowest-cost model. The mayor will not support any additional costs on his wealthy friends--.01% income tax, stock-transfer tax--but cutting costs at the expense of working people is a no-brainer to him. He hasn't acknowledged safety whatsoever in his responses, and no sympathy for working people wanting their jobs in this economy. If the mayor cared the least bit about working people he would be both more empathetic publicly and in negotiations.

Jan. 16 2013 10:13 AM
marco from New York

It seems that the 1181 union has been infiltrated by the Genovese crime family. Glad the Mayor is standing up to them.

Jan. 16 2013 10:12 AM
jen lynch from manhattan

My son has taken private services and city buses to school. There is a huge difference in bus driver quality--the city bus drivers are leagues better. The mayor considers the school bus experience to not be part of schooling but he is wrong: when the busing is not going well, it has a tremendous negative impact on the child's school day and experience. We need to ensure there are quality bus drivers bringing our children to school.

Jan. 16 2013 10:10 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I have no issues with some in congress questioning the amount of the Sandy relief.

I'm sure that NY/NJ were very "generous" to themselves with their 60 billion estimate. However, it's been over 60 days since Sandy hit. If congress were somewhat competent, they should've and would have crunched their own numbers.

Jan. 16 2013 09:41 AM

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