Walk the Picket Line with Striking Bus Drivers
Where: Department of Education, 52 Chambers St.
Join 99PKTS and members of the Occupy Wall Street community as we walk the picket line with striking school bus drivers.
More than 8,000 bus drivers and matrons—workers who make sure children get on and off buses safely—are on strike, for the first time in over 30 years.
WHEN: Friday 1/25, 1pm-2pm
WHERE: Department of Education, 52 Chambers St. NYC
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/11RkgpW
The city wants to cut transportation costs and has put bus contracts with private bus companies up for bid. The union is criticizing lack of employee protections, fearing senior drivers may lose their jobs to cheaper, less experienced labor once contracts expire in June..
This article on the school bus strike is a must-read:
The battle between the city and the bus drivers represents the supremacy of budgets over quality of life. It illustrates what happens when communities, jobs and families are devalued, marginalized and destroyed while the language of austerity reigns, infallible. And it illuminates the hypocrisy of those in power who claim to care for our children’s safety but refuse to invest in it.
Can’t make it? Come to the picket line on your own!