Bus company, drivers' union dispute creates 2-hour delays

Some students who take the Royal Coach Bus line to their Yonkers schools were nearly two hours late yesterday after a dispute between bus company owners and union representatives over contracts for drivers.

Steve DiPaolo, owner of Royal Coach Buses on Nepperhan Avenue, says that his company did nothing wrong to prompt the protest yesterday morning, and that union officials simply showed up to his lot and prevented union drivers from leaving the lot.

DiPaolo says that the union representatives claimed that they were slowing down the buses under the guise of performing safety checks, but that excuse didn't sit well with him. "Union representatives don't do that. It's done by the DOT, or my staff, or the safety staff that's here."

Drivers' Union representatives tell News 12 that they have been working without a contract for more than a year, and that negotiations are going painfully slow.

Contract negotiations are scheduled for Monday.

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