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New York City school bus drivers strike enters 3rd day
NEW YORK -- New York City's school bus strike enters its third day Friday.
It pits the city's need to rein in spiraling costs against the bus drivers' goal of preserving their jobs.
The city contracts with private bus companies. It says the city must seek competitive bids to save money. But Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union wants the new contracts to include job protections for current drivers.
Just 152,000 of New York City's 1.1 million public schoolchildren ride yellow school buses. But the cost of busing students has risen from $100 million in 1979 to $1.1 billion now.
Some buses were running Thursday because their drivers are not members of Local 1181. The city Department of Education said 2,320 bus routes out of 7,700 were operating.
Summary and links:
The city is taking the following steps for families of students who currently receive yellow bus service:
The DOE will continue to update New Yorkers and will post new information on Schools.NYC.gov. Information will also be available at 311.
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