Tuesday, January 22 2013 5:19 PM EST2013-01-22 22:19:42 GMT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- The state's director of the Office of Transportation is slated to meet with the Board of Education in Columbia on Wednesday to address the possible strike of bus drivers. A releaseMore >>
The state's director of the Office of Transportation is slated to meet with the Board of Education in Columbia on Wednesday to address the possible strike of bus drivers.More >>
Tuesday, January 15 2013 5:05 PM EST2013-01-15 22:05:00 GMT
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston County's bus drivers union voted unanimously to authorize a strike for its members. Officials with the union will restart negotiations Monday with Durham SchoolMore >>
Charleston County's bus drivers union voted unanimously to authorize a strike for its members.More >>
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- School bus drivers and monitors for Durham School Services in Summerville's Dorchester School District 2 voted 77-0 to authorize a strike.
The drivers and monitors, members of Teamsters Local 509, joined Charleston County Durham drivers who also voted unanimously, 186-0, on Jan. 15 to authorize a strike.
"We are having big, unanimous votes, which show the kind of treatment that these workers are getting from the company," said L.D. Fletcher, President of Local 509. "They want to be treated with respect."
"We want to be treated fairly and to work in an environment that is not hostile to us," said Annette Hill, a driver. "We care about the children we transport."
Teamsters Local 509 and the workers have met with Durham management 35 times since July over contract negotiations, according to a statement from the union.
Dorchester District 2 officials said Tuesday that the district did not have any knowledge of the negotiations between Durham and the teamsters union because neither side had issued official comments to the school system about the ordeal.
There are about 620 Teamsters Local 509 members at Durham in Charleston, Summerville and Beaufort. Beaufort Durham drivers are expected to take a strike authorization vote soon.
Durham is a subsidiary of National Express Group, a profitable multinational corporation based in the United Kingdom and the second-largest provider of student transportation services in the United States.
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