The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

New York school bus drivers go on strike


NEW YORK (AFP) - New York's school bus system ground to a halt Wednesday in the first strike by drivers in three decades, leaving 152,000 children looking for alternative ways to get to class.

The union, ATU Local 1181, did not say how long the strike, called over a disagreement with the city on job security, would continue.

Union president Michael Cordiello said on NY1 television that the strike, which also included staff who help children get on and off buses, could go on indefinitely unless Mayor Michael Bloomberg comes to terms.

"The fact of the matter is that in June, 2,500 of our members will be out of work. He's given us no choice but to fight for our jobs," Cordiello said.