The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the school bus strike legal, contrary to previous statements by city officials.
“I’m glad that they deemed it legal,” said Maria Gentile, a bus driver from Howard Beach. “This puts more pressure on the city to step up to the plate and get the kids back to school.”
Gentile, who called the ruling “one step closer to victory,” said her and the other drivers just want to get back to work.
According to a statement issued by Local 1181 President Michael Cordiello, drivers could be back on the roads by Monday, if Bloomberg agrees to meet them at the bargaining table.
“All we ask is that he suspend the bids, and is willing to discuss ways to reduce costs within the school bus transportation industry, which the Union has shown has nothing to do with keeping the most experienced school bus crews on the road,” said Cordiello.