NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — About 2,000 New York City school bus drivers and attendants voted on Wednesday to authorize a strike.
The employees say the bus company Reliant Transportation has been unwilling to budge of medical benefits and pension funding.
“Strikes are always a last resort for our members,” said Michael Cordiello, President of ATU Local 1181. “However, without further progress on medical coverage and pension funding through negotiations, our members will be left with no choice but to go on strike to protect their health and hard-earned retirement and secure a fair contract.”
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181-1061 represent about 20% of the city's school bus drivers. Over 97% of workers voted in favor of the strike.
They have not set a strike date yet and say they will continue to “meet with Reliant in the hope that they will offer us a fair contract.”