YONKERS - A tentative contract deal has been reached between union reps and a Yonkers school bus company, averting a strike that was set to take place on Monday.
Bus drivers at Mile Square Bus Company were planning to strike after nearly five years without a contract and no pay raise. The protest would have shut down school bus services in Yonkers, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon. They say that won't be the case anymore.
Under the new agreement, officials say a contract will be drawn up that extends through 2016. The nearly 600 workers at Mile Square will receive about an 8 percent hike in pay in that time, according to the terms of the tentative deal.
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TWU Local 100 officials and the bus company’s owner met at the union’s Westchester headquarters where they hashed out the details. Though the agreement is tentative, both sides say they fully expect a vote to pass.
“We're glad on our side because now the buses can roll on Monday,” said Angel Gibodeaux, of TWU Local 100. “The kids can be assured they have safe drivers who are qualified to drive those vehicles.”