The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181 reached a tentative agreement with five school bus companies on Wednesday, September 20. This development means that a feared strike by the union has been averted. Tens of thousands of K-12 students, including 25,000 special needs students, depend on the system every day of the school year. They would have been highly impacted had the strike proceeded. An emergency plan had been outlined, including free MetroCards and subsidized trips on rideshare services, as well as remote learning, but it is hard to imagine these measures halting the chaos and disruption to education that a strike would have caused.
Read the full story by William Diep and Amira McKee for the Columbia Spectator, published September 21, 2023, here: https://www.columbiaspectator.com/city-news/2023/09/21/citywide-school-bus-strike-averted-tentative-union-agreement-reached/