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Union, Bus Companies Reach Contract Agreement to Avert Strike

01 November 2016
Union, Bus Companies Reach Contract Agreement to Avert Strike

Two of the city's largest school bus companies and union members reached a deal Monday evening just hours before a strike occurred.

"Breaking: deal reached mins ago to avert bus strike".

The agreement was also confirmed on the NYC Public Schools Twitter account.

Last Wednesday, drivers and attendants who work for Brooklyn-based Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit, and are represented by Teamsters Local 553, voted 85 percent in favor of authorizing a strike beginning Tuesday.

"The stakes are high for these workers, " Moore said in an email.

That note said: "There will be no bus strike, a tentative settlement has been reached".

At the heart of the contention between the union members and their employers is healthcare costs - specifically the two companies saying workers should bear the costs of future healthcare increases.

Although confident that the strike would be scuttled, the Department of Education and Mayor Bill de Blasio directed comprehensive contingency plans to get the 12,000 affected students to school. "This job is important and school bus employees should be fairly compensated".

The city is working with the companies and the union as they negotiate.

"If there are situations where taxis or private auto or other options don't work, we will make every accommodation we can for those students", the spokeswoman said.

"I don't believe this will have a significant impact on Staten Island, but, for the limited number of families it does impact, we need to make sure a plan is in place to minimize interactions for students", Reilly said.