New York's City Hall and Department of Education are pushing school bus drivers and attendants toward a strike that would affect some 152,000 students, including 70,000 with disabilities.
Officials from Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181 say a strike is likely, though no date has been set. The dispute is over the city's reversal of a policy on job protection that officials had promised would be preserved for the sake of student safety. Now they want to scrap it! Apparently Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration have decided that the risk to safety is worth it if they can break the union.