Boston officials lashed out at a surprise strike this morning by the city’s school bus drivers, saying it was illegal and the city would take legal action against the drivers’ union and seek disciplinary action against drivers who participated.
“This illegal work stoppage has to stop. I want all these bus drivers back to work tomorrow morning,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said at a City Hall news conference.
Menino said there would be no bus transportation this afternoon for the students who made it to school, but officials would work to make sure students get home.
He also said parents would be notified tonight if the strike was expected to continue Wednesday.
This morning’s strike affected more than 30,000 students, catching city officials by surprise and leaving parents scrambling for alternative transportation while police scoured the streets looking for stranded students.
Only 30 of the school system’s 650 buses were on the road. The job action stemmed from a disagreement between the schools’ transportation vendor, Veolia, and the union representing the drivers, officials said.
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