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Statements Of Mayor Bloomberg And Schools Chancellor Walcott On Decision By Local 1181 Of The Amalgamated Transit Union To End The School Bus Strike

02/15/2013

Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:

“For decades, the monopolistic bus contract process benefited the bus companies and unions at the expense of the City’s taxpayers and students – but no longer. Yesterday, I urged the union leaders to end the strike and made clear that the City would not be held hostage. Tonight, they agreed and will restore bus services on Wednesday when schools reopen. I want to thank the families, teachers, schools and Department of Education staff who faced a challenging four weeks, as well as the bus employees who helped keep some of the routes operational throughout the strike. We appreciate the hard work our bus drivers and matrons do and we welcome them back to the job. In the city’s entire history, the special interests have never had less power than they do today, and the end of this strike reflects the fact that when we say we put children first, we mean it.”

Statement of Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott: 

“With the union’s agreement to end the unnecessary strike, their members can return to work and restore the services our students depend on. I want to extend my thanks to the parents and families, the school staff and my team at the Department of Education who worked to get our children to class, and especially to the bus drivers and matrons who helped keep some bus routes in service. We expect full bus service to resume on Wednesday when schools reopen, and will work to notify school officials, parents and guardians throughout the weekend.

“Earlier this week, the City accepted the first bids on school bus contracts in more than 30 years, with the potential to cut costs, transfer the savings to classrooms and secure quality service from certified drivers and matrons for our students. This open, fair and competitive process is what our school system and City deserve and sets an important standard that we will continue to uphold.”