Seattle school bus drivers set to strike

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More than 450 school bus drivers for Seattle Public Schools said they are ready to walk out at a moment’s notice, possibly leaving 22,000 kids without a ride to school.

Members of the Teamsters Local 174, the union representing school bus drivers in Seattle, said contract negotiations with their employer, First Students, broke off recently. The teamster’s said First Student’s latest contract proposal was “absurd,” and would effectively “dump” the cost of employee healthcare on taxpayers through the Affordable Care act. The two sides could not come to an agreement on wages and retirement benefits either, the Teamsters said Tuesday in a release.

“First Student has taken positions on issues at the bargaining table that are absurd,” Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks said.

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