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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Palmer: School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike

Westport school bus drivers have voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike if needed, Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said tonight.

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School buses at the Dattco lot on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But, in tweets and an email to parents, she said such authorization does not mean they will strike.

A contract with the drivers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371, expired at midnight Wednesday, April 26.. Negotiations resumed on Monday.

“This vote does not mean they will strike,” Palmer said. “Dattco assures us drivers do not plan to strike now as negotiations continue.”

An email to parents said: ” I will only plan on updating you again in the event that new information comes forth regarding the status of our drivers.

“Unless you hear otherwise, please plan on a normal day of transportation.

“In the event that the drivers ever went out on strike, we have all of our school contingency plans in place and would activate those if needed.”

Westport police have been maintaining a regular watch on the Dattco depot on Post Road East, where the school bus company has also hired private security.

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