NYC school bus drivers back at work

By Karen Matthews and Eileen AJ Connelly

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 9:03 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — The monthlong school bus strike that affected tens of thousands of children in the nation's largest school district ended Friday, after union leaders were assured by prospective New York City mayoral candidates that their concerns would be heard after this year's election.

Leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union said service for New York City schools would resume Wednesday, after classes resume after the President Day holiday.

Some 8,000 bus drivers and aides walked off the job Jan. 16 over job protection issues. Local 1181 of the ATU wanted the city to include protections for current employees in future contracts with bus companies, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a court ruling prohibited the city from doing so.

The school bus strike was the first in the city since 1979.

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