New York City Bus Strike
Notes on the housing crisis
By Robert Fowler, 1 February 2016
As the number of homeless reaches new heights in New York City, more and more apartments owned by absentee, super-wealthy owners stay empty for most of the year.
By Sandy English, 5 March 2015
More than 4,000 additional school bus workers will either lose their jobs or see their pay cut in half under the bids now being organized under Democratic Party Mayor de Blasio.
By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2015
Amid rising homelessness and a dearth of affordable housing, de Blasio’s programs favor real estate interests and the wealthy elite.
By Dan Brennan, 2 June 2014
New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is continuing the attacks against school bus drivers begun a year and a half ago.
By Dan Brennan, 14 April 2014
The city administration refused to attend a hearing on the impact of removing employee protections from school bus contracts.
By Dan Brennan, 20 March 2014
The difference between de Blasio and former Mayor Bloomberg is one of style and tactics, not substance.
By a WSWS reporter, 20 March 2014
Workers at Reliant Bus Company in New York City spoke to the WSWS about the conditions they face.
By Philip Guelpa, 15 February 2014
The ATU’s betrayal of the New York City school bus strike a year ago has exposed the workers to savage attacks and revealed the utter bankruptcy of the trade union bureaucracy.
By Dan Brennan, 30 December 2013
The workers, whose month-long strike was betrayed last February, now face pressure to choose between huge cuts in pay and benefits or mass layoffs.
By Dan Brennan, 18 June 2013
Approximately 2,000 New York City school bus workers are facing layoffs next week as the city continues to dismantle job protections.
By Sandy English, 29 May 2013
With New York City education officials accepting bids without job protection provisions, some 2,000 out of the 9,000 school bus employees will lose their jobs when school ends.
By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 17 May 2013
A month after the betrayal of the school bus workers in New York City, another group of transit workers have been hit with job losses and massive pay cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 9 May 2013
The New York City Department of Education announced the next round of school bus contracts, which threaten to lead to mass layoffs and the replacement of current drivers and escorts with part-time workers earning a fraction of the pay.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 May 2013
One quarter of Walled Lake Consolidated School District bus drivers called in sick Wednesday to protest the sell-off of their jobs.
By Jerry White, 8 April 2013
A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 April 2013
School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.
By Fred Mazelis, 22 March 2013
The latest attack on school bus workers underscores the need for a united struggle to mobilize the industrial and political strength of the working class.
By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013
As school bus companies in New York seek to cut costs by eliminating health benefits, workers are exposed to high levels of diesel pollution linked to asthma, cancer and premature death.
One month after strike
By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013
Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.
4 March 2013
New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .
By Jerry White, 27 February 2013
As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013
On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.
Many workers replaced by strikebreakers
By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013
The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2013
This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.
By Sandy English, 18 February 2013
Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013
The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.
By Sandy English, 16 February 2013
In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2013
With their month-long strike in danger, school bus workers on picket lines in Queens and the Bronx discussed how their struggle could be taken forward.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 15 February 2013
Sympathy for school bus workers is widespread among parents of students affected, despite efforts by the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media to whip up sentiment against the strike.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013
The New York City school bus strike has reached a critical turning point following the Department of Education’s opening of bids Tuesday for 1,100 school bus routes.
“I see this as an attack on public education.”
By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013
The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.
By Andre Damon, 13 February 2013
The assault on New York City school bus workers by Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of a nation-wide campaign to dismantle public education.
New York City bus strike in danger
By Jerry White, 13 February 2013
The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.
By Dan Brennan, 12 February 2013
Mayor Bloomberg’s attack on school bus workers’ job security is not merely a matter of individual cold-bloodedness, but rather the product of a decades-long process of deregulation and privatization.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2013
A glaring contradiction exists between the wide support for the striking school bus workers and the isolation of these workers from their genuine allies in New York and around the world.
By a reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking bus workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Sunday to protest the attempt by New York’s billionaire mayor to strip them of job protections.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking New York City school bus workers spoke about the issues in the struggle.
9 February 2013
The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 February 2013
An examination of the New York City school bus drivers strike of 1979 underscores the transformed role of the unions.
By Jerry White, 7 February 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2013
Pretending to support both striking bus workers and parents, New York City’s Democratic politicians have joined the union in calling for a “cooling-off period” and negotiations on cost-cutting givebacks.
6 February 2013
In this video, New York City bus workers speak about their fight against billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg and make an appeal for support from the working class as a whole.
5 February 2013
A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 February 2013
In addition to penning workers behind barricades and blocking them from mounting effective picket lines at bus yards, New York City police have come to the direct aid of strike-breakers.
By Jerry White, 5 February 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics, about to begin its fourth week, has won widespread sympathy among working people.
“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”
By our reporters, 4 February 2013
Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013
The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.
After NLRB rules strike legal
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 2 February 2013
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is pressing ahead with his campaign to strip school transportation workers of job and wage protections after the NLRB failed to rule their two-and-a-half week strike illegal.
Interview with a striking New York school bus driver: “We want an answer about what’s been going on”
By Sandy English, 1 February 2013
As the strike has entered its third week, the companies have cut off workers’ health care insurance and payments into their pension funds.
By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013
The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.
By a reporting team, 31 January 2013
The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.
By Sandy English, 30 January 2013
Private school bus companies contracted to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) sought to break a two-week-old strike by sending out scab buses.
By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 29 January 2013
New York City’s school bus companies have threatened to begin using scabs to break the two-week-old strike in defense of jobs and decent transportation for 150,000 school children.
By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 28 January 2013
Almost 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics continued their strike on picket lines across New York City this weekend.
By Dan Brennan, 26 January 2013
Approximately 8,800 school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics continued their strike Friday, braving the chilling temperatures on picket lines across New York City.
By Sandy English, 25 January 2013
As they enter the second week of their strike, school bus drivers have faced increasing pressure from the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013
The ugly face of “modern liberalism” can be seen on the cold sidewalks of New York, where school bus workers are fighting for their jobs against a billionaire mayor backed by the liberal establishment.
By Clare Hurley, 23 January 2013
The National Labor Relations Board says it has begun an investigation of company complaints that could lead to an injunction to declare the school bus drivers’ struggle illegal.
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013
Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.
By a reporting team, 19 January 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 school bus drivers in New York City entered its third day on Friday.
By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013
New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.
By a reporting team, 17 January 2013
The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013
The SEP calls on workers to support the nearly 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons/attendants and mechanics who have called a strike to defend their right to decent jobs and safe service for children.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 January 2013
The WSWS spoke with New York school bus drivers Tuesday on the eve of a strike called to defend their jobs.
By Sandy English, 8 January 2013
School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.