Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said today the bus driver union leadership is not promoting a strike on Thursday, but how many drivers will show up for work will not be known until morning.
In an email to parents, she 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. Their contract expires at midnight tonight.
“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.
“We will not know the status of the drivers who plan to work tomorrow until shortly after 6:00 a.m. when they begin to report for work,” Palmer said.
“All schools will be open, no matter how many drivers come to work. Schools have sent out specific information to their respective families today and will be ready to receive students upon arrival starting 15 minutes earlier than usual.”
In a change of plan, she said the district would operate all before and after school programs on Thursday as normally scheduled.
Palmer thanked families “for your creativity and resourcefulness in making contingency plans for tomorrow.”
She added: “I will remain optimistic that the message from the federal mediator has a positive impact on continuity of service, but we have all of our plans in place in the event that we do not have a significant percentage of the driver workforce show up for work tomorrow.
“Since there are no negotiations now set for this evening, my next communication to you will be approximately 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning to update you on the status of our transportation plan for the day.”
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