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TWU's PAC Department works with School Bus Drivers and Monitors to push a bill that would give them due process in disciplinary situations.

TWU Local 100 Political Action Staffer Raybblin Vargas with Ramona and Sen. Latimer
TWU Local 100 Political Action Staffer Raybblin Vargas with Ramona and Sen. Latimer

Legislators Line Up Behind School Bus Fair Discipline Bill

APRIL 14 -- State Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester) threw his support behind a bill that would give school bus drivers working for private employers the right to a hearing in the event of discipline preferred by a school district. Right now, school districts can order the dismissal of a driver or matron for any reason or no reason, and the employee and his or her union have no right of due process, because the contractual relationship exists between the bus company and the employee, not the school board. Senator Latimer heard the story of Ramona, who was disqualified by the Yonkers School District and then terminated from Mile Square. She was fired for not driving down a street without clearance for her bus. An insistent driver who demanded that she drive nevertheless turned out to be the spouse of a school board official, who ordered her termination without a hearing. Senator Latimer was also joined in support by Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens), who also said he felt the current situation was unjust and that employees "deserve their day in court."

Video: Mile Square Workers Say, "¡Ya Basta!"

APRIL 11 – TWU Local 100 negotiators, led by Administrative VP Angel Giboyeaux, met today with Mile Square Transportation owner Harry Rodriguez in a continuing effort to negotiate a contract. The sticking point is management’s determination to put in place a “two-tier” wage structure, in which new hires will make dramatically less than current employees, setting them up for raises that never reach current levels. Because our members at Mile Square, who take kids to and from school, work only 25 hours per week and not throughout the year, their wages are less than poverty level.

After meeting at our new union hall at 347 Saw Mill River Parkway, over 100 school bus drivers and monitors represented by TWU Local 100 headed to the Ramada Inn, where negotiations were taking place.

In Photos: Negotiations with Mile Square Management

TWU Local 100 members at Mile Square Transportation are energized to fight for a good contract. United, Invincible!

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