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Westchester School-Bus Drivers Reach Contract Deal

November 7, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

YONKERS, N.Y.—Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the First Mile Square school-bus company reached tentative contract

Westchester County has averted a school bus strike.

agreement Nov. 3, averting a strike set for the following Monday by about 600 drivers, monitors, and mechanics. The three-year deal, retroactive to July 1, would give them 3% raises in each of the first two years and 3.5% in the third, plus a minimum number of guaranteed hours and one paid sick day each year. That will give workers at First Mile Square, which buses around 6,000 students in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Mamaroneck, parity with workers at other Westchester school-bus companies, Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement. “In the end, it’s all about the kids,” he added. “We want to get them to school. That’s our job. But we needed an agreement that was fair to our members.”

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November 7, 2017

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