“The National Labor Relations Board in Washington has ruled in favor of New York City school bus drivers’ right to strike, dismissing complaints from bus companies seeking an injunction.
The school bus companies will likely appeal.
A spokesperson for Department of Education released the following statement:
“This ruling doesn’t change the fact that the union is recklessly holding our students and city hostage over issues it must settle directly with the bus companies.”
New York City officials have not claimed that the strike is illegal, just that the Employee Protection Provisions (EPPs) that the union is asking the city to put in the bids are illegal, as ruled by the New York State Court of Appeals.
City officials say that if the drivers were public employees and the city was responsible for hiring, as the union suggests, a strike would be illegal.