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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Palmer: No Bus Driver Strike Today

Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said enough school bus drivers reported to work today despite their contract expiring at midnight Wednesday.

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A school bus makes a stop today on Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We have confirmed with Dattco this morning that they are able to provide normal bus transportation for our students today,” she said in an email to parents.

“Please follow your regular transportation plans for the day. All before and after school activities will take place at their regularly scheduled times.”

On Wednesday, she said the bus driver union leadership was not promoting a strike today, but how many drivers show up for work would not be known until this morning.

In a late day email to parents, Palmer said a federal mediator, with urging from her office and the Dattco bus company, reached out to the drivers’ union to ask the union leadership to encourage its members to come to work on Thursday

“We have been informed that this did occur and that union leadership is not promoting a strike,” Palmer said.

She added that negotiations with representatives of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 are set to continue on Monday.

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