More than 400 school bus drivers from Teamsters Local 174 will hold a one-day strike Wednesday, November 29th as they try to pound out a new contract with First Student, the company that provides yellow bus service to Seattle Public Schools. The union says the heads-up is intended to give families time to make other plans for their kids to get to and from schools Wednesday:
The Unfair Labor Practice strike will protest First Student’s unilateral change and implementation of an inferior medical plan for its employees – an illegal action under the National Labor Relations Act, as healthcare is the subject of negotiations and cannot be changed without bargaining with the employees’ Union. Teamsters Local 174 does not typically announce strikes in advance; however, in this case, the Union and its members wished to give Seattle parents adequate notice to make arrangements for their children. Bus service should resume on Thursday, November 30; however, a longer strike can be called at any time if a deal is not reached.
While many public schools in Seattle function as “neighborhood schools” where kids live within walking distance, many of the district’s special programs for students are based at specific schools across the city. On Wednesday, those kids will need to find another way to get to school.
The Teamsters are asking for support at picket lines planned at First Student bus yards
Parents of children in the Seattle School District who ride the bus to school are encouraged to make alternate transportation arrangements, as bus service throughout the School District will be impacted. For anyone who would like to show support to the striking drivers, there will be active picket lines outside of First Student bus yards in Lake City and South Park.
First Student – South Park Bus Lot:
8249 5th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98108
First Student – Lake City Bus Lot:
13525 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125