Mayor Walsh ‘Incredibly Frustrated’ By School Bus Situation

Dorchester, MA 082614 School buses depot at Freeport and Dorchester Ave on August 26, 2014 in Dorchester for a story on bus drivers in contract negotiations not showing up for work today. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET
The Boston Globe

Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement today on apparent refusal of some city school bus drivers to go to work. He’s not happy about it.

On Monday, several bus drivers didn’t show up for work, leaving about 13 of 120 routes unexpectedly bus-less. The bus drivers’ union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, is still trying to work out a new contract with Veolia, which runs the city’s school bus yards. The last contract expired in June.

By Tuesday morning, Boston Public Schools were able to cover all routes, though some were running up to an hour behind schedule.

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Walsh said a “small group of drivers have refused to participate” in going to work and that he did not believe it was about the union contract.

“I’m incredibly frustrated, and I know that parents, students, and school administrators and staff share this frustration,” Walsh said in a statement. “This is unacceptable, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that students get to and from school safely.”

Walsh added that he expects the union and Veolia to “negotiate a new contract in good faith.”