New York City Bus Strike

Thousands more layoffs imminent for New York school bus workers

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.

Mayor De Blasio rebuffs New York school bus workers

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.

New York mayor offers empty words to besieged school bus workers

By Dan Brennan, 20 March 2014

The difference between de Blasio and former Mayor Bloomberg is one of style and tactics, not substance.

New York school bus workers defiant in face of attacks

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.

One year since the betrayal of the NYC school bus workers strike

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.

NYC school bus workers hammered by mass layoffs and contract givebacks

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.

New York school bus workers denounce 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.

Thousands of New York City school bus workers face job cuts in June

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.

Hundreds of New York City Access-a-Ride workers lose their jobs

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.

Contractors, Bloomberg step up attack on New York City school bus workers

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.

Walled Lake, Michigan school bus drivers hold sickout

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.

Rank-and-file committee points way forward for New York school bus workers

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.

New York City school bus drivers, escorts denounce contractors’ “final” offer

By our reporters, 8 April 2013

School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.

Contractors impose sweeping givebacks after defeat of New York City school bus strike

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.

School bus drivers face legacy of toxic pollution

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

New York school bus drivers face new threats

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.

Berlin bus driver welcomes rank-and-file committee of New York City school bus workers

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 .

Workers rebel against right-wing unions

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.

New York school bus workers form rank-and-file committee

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

Returning New York City school bus drivers, escorts face retribution after union betrayal

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.

Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

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.

New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.

Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats

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.

Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education

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”.

On New York City picket lines school bus strikers discuss struggle

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.

Parents speak out in support of New York City school bus strike

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.

After the bids: New York School bus strike at the crossroads

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.”

New York City workers and students express support for school bus strikers

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.

The New York bus strike and the defense of public education

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

City takes bids stripping school bus drivers of job protections

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.

The New York City school bus strike and the for-profit student transportation industry

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.

Why the unions refuse to mobilize support for striking New York City bus drivers

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.

Striking New York City bus drivers march in defense of jobs

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.

School bus strikers in New York City discuss their struggle

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2013

Striking New York City school bus workers spoke about the issues in the struggle.

WSWS publishes New York school bus strike newsletter

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.

School bus workers fight for job security and wages: 1979 and today

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.

Bloomberg presses attack on striking New York City school bus drivers

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.

Democrats join bid to strangle New York City bus drivers strike

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.

Video: Striking New York City bus workers speak on their struggle

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.

Letter from a New York City school bus driver

5 February 2013

A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.

New York City cops aid strike-breakers

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.

New York City school bus drivers should reject union moves to end strike

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”

Striking New York City school bus workers speak out

By our reporters, 4 February 2013

Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

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

New York mayor steps up attack on school bus workers

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.

New York City school bus strike at the crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013

The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.

Union officials offer to end NY school bus strike and negotiate concessions

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.

Companies bring in scabs in New York school bus drivers’ strike

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.

New York school bus companies threaten to bring in scabs

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.

New York school bus drivers remain determined as back-to-work injunction looms

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.

New York school bus walkout continues amid injunction and strikebreaking threats

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.

Striking New York school bus drivers face government and media gang up

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.

Why the New York Times backs Bloomberg’s assault on school bus drivers

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.

School bus drivers in New York face NLRB threat as strike enters second week

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.

Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike

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.

New York bus drivers continue strike to defend jobs

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.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

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.

Striking school bus drivers: “The mayor is putting a price on our children”

By a reporting team, 17 January 2013

The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.

Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!

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.

New York school drivers: “All they want is to push us backwards”

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.

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

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.