Unionized Shelton school bus drivers and monitors vote to strike if agreements cannot be reached

New Haven

The union CSEA SEIU Local 2001 sent a statement saying Shelton school bus drivers and monitors have voted on Wednesday to authorize a strike against Durham School Services.

The statement said the vote allows the union negotiation team to call a strike if they feel it is necessary to get a fair contract and if they can not come to an agreement for a new contract.

The union claimed Shelton drivers and monitors have been working without a contract since July, 2018 when Durham refused to honor an agreement already in place that included wage increases.

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The statement from the union reads in part, “We care about our students and are dedicated to ensuring that school buses remain the safest form of transportation in America. Shelton school bus drivers want parents to know that we care deeply about the safe transport of our city’s most precious cargo, our students, but we also have to take care of our families.”

As the union continues to negotiate, the Shelton bus divers will picket at their bus yard on Friday from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

The union CSEA SEIU Local 2001 represents over 25,000 active and retired workers in Connecticut, including 103 Shelton bus drivers and monitors and over 1,000 school bus drivers across Connecticut.

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