According to CBS Boston on Tuesday, hundreds of Boston public school bus drivers surprisingly walked off the job Tuesday morning in a labor dispute, catching many families and even the mayor off guard.
Striking drivers say they're frustrated by the way the contractor is treating them, including changes in their health care plan, failing to provide key route information and not effectively communicating with them.
Schools spokesman Lee McGuire said the union also opposes a GPS system that allows parents to track buses online in real time.
It was not clear when the drivers would return to work. A federal judge turned down an injunction request from Veolia Transportation Inc. that would have forced the drivers back behind the wheel. Veolia's attorneys argued it strains credibility to believe that the union isn't behind a near-universal work stoppage involving hundreds of members. But U.S. District Judge George O'Toole sided with the union, saying an injunction wasn't appropriate now, at least until it's clear whether drivers would return to work Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, the city scrambled to find ways to get kids to classes, with police shuttling some to school in cruisers and vans. Police Supt. Daniel Linskey tweeted a picture of two children he took to school, saying one was happy because he didn't want to miss gym class.
The school system sent out automated phone calls to all families, but it came too late, according to most parents.
All schools remained open, but students who checked in late or who were absent were excused for the day.
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