New York, NY – Parents of school kids who take the bus to city schools are being told that a strike may be on the horizon.
According a letter being sent from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to parents today, the bus drivers union ATU Local 1181 is threatening to strike over the city’s plan to ask for bids for service to transport special education pre-kindergarten children for next school year.
The letter says the union wants job protections for current bus drivers.
In response, the city is filing a charge with the National Labor Relations Board.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding a news conference at City Hall this afternoon to discuss the possible strike. In his press conference Bloomberg slammed the union saying it’s an Illigal strike, that could affect more than 152,000 students.