ATU 1181 Strike Information

admin January 18, 2013 10

Over 8,000 hard working men and women are on strike to protect their job security and in turn ensure the safe transportation of the 150,000 New York City children that ride their school buses each day.  Mayor Bloomberg has the power to end the strike if he would just come to the table and negotiate with the union and school bus contractors.  ATU Local 1181 members have even agreed to return to the job without a settlement as long as the Mayor postpones the City’s bid for school bus contracts, giving all parties an opportunity to work toward an agreement that keeps the most experienced and highly skilled workers on the buses, and addresses the need for cost savings in the system.

ATU Local 1181 members, and the children and parents they proudly serve, need your help.  Here’s how you can do your part:

  1. Please stop by a picket location near you and show your support.
  2. Send a letter to Mayor Bloomberg.
  3. Call the Mayor at 1-888-833-7428 or text “Safety1st” to 877877

Press Links

2/12/13 – City Can (But Won’t) Play It’s Part in Bus Strike
We’re damn-near a month into the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181′s bus-driver and matron strike, and the city is still pretending like it doesn’t have everything to do with why this mess continues to drag-on.

2/1/13 - NLRB Office of General Counsel finds NY bus strike not unlawful
Office of General Counsel found that the bus companies, which maintained collective bargaining agreements with the union for many years before they expired in December, are primary employers in the labor dispute, along with the Department of Education.

2/1/13 – Statement From ATU 1181 President Michael Cordiello
“Today’s ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is further confirmation that Local 1181’s effort to protect the jobs of the most experienced and safest school bus drivers and matrons is not only necessary for the well-being of New York City’s school children, but is perfectly legal.

2/1/13 - Striking school bus union: Blame city, not drivers for high cost of busing
Union says higher numbers of special needs kids, traveling farther from home is why costs have increased, not driver salaries.

This morning ATU Local 1181 President Mlichael Cordiello was joined by ATU International President Larry Hanley, and other supporters in labor in announcing the Union’s latest attempt to bring City Hall to the table to end the two-week old strike.

1/29/13 - Bloomberg’s Actions Threaten School Bus Driver Culture That Rewards Hard Work and Makes Children Safer - “I see the kids and they say, ‘Hey, bus driver, do you remember me?’ and I say, ‘Yes,’ and I do. I watch them grow up. I’ve seen children who’ve been on my bus, and now I see them with children of their own.”

1/28/13 – Uneasy rider: Disabled may share regular buses
As early as September, the city plans to put disabled kids with general-education students on school buses, a move that enraged parents say could lead to bullying and neglect.

 1/23/13 - Bus strike fixes found in Boston, NYC resolutions of the past
Bloomberg and Walcott should end confrontational approach with bus drivers union to find resolution to end the strike. Techniques for such a resolution can be found from similar circumstances in Boston and New York.

1/20/13 – Bus Drivers Unjustly Targeted by Mayor Bloomberg
“I’m a mom. I raised two kids in this city. Believe me, when a mom entrusts me with her child I take that responsibility seriously. All we ask in return is fairness, job and pension security.” – Lucy DiBitetto

1/18/13 - Mayor Bloomberg Should Stop Blaming Workers…
The mayor’s claims that he wants to protect competitive bidding seem hypocritical after his history of violating or ignoring such rules.

1/18/13 - A Good Matron is Hard to Find.
Drivers and matrons, despite press reports, are hardly to blame for the city’s budget problems (the average salary is $35,000 per year).

1/17/13 – [Video] ATU 1181 President Michael Cordiello explains why members are on strike.
Michael Cordiello, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, spoke with GDNY on Thursday.

1/17/13 - Mayor Bloomberg Continues to Let Our Children Down
School bus workers’ strike and inability to negotiate teacher evaluation agreement are failures of leadership.

1/14/13 - School Bus Strike: A Crisis of the City’s Own Making
School bus drivers and crews are going on strike for one reason and one reason only; the Mayor has decided to put his pride over the safety of New York City children.

1/13/13 - City Hall School Bus Flip Flop – City was for EPP in bids before they were against it
There seems to be a severe case of amnesia sweeping through City Hall these days. City officials have conveniently forgotten that they defended the cost and the legality of including the Employee Protection Provision (EPP) in contracts in Court.

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  1. peter petito January 26, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    u have 2 do a better job letting the public no that a driver when handed there pic its there responseabilty 2 call the parents scheulde pic up times and also do a dry run on there own time another words they have alot more responsabilties then the public is aware of

  2. David January 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    All I’m asking you not to force me to have to back on welfare and I believe I would have to kill myself if I had to go back. Find it in your heart to keep us feeling like human beings a lot of us don’t have education and this job is a blessing from God.

  3. Sharon Thigpen January 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    The mayor has okayed the companies to hire people to replace us. Where does that leave us? It feels as if this is all for nothing because its not accomplishng anything and we are on the way to losing everything. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK. We have invested so much time and it would be sad to lose our pensions and everything else. 1181 let us go back to work while we are still under contract so that we don’t lose everything between now and June, while this is still being negotiated on. I understand that you have to take a stand for what you believe in, but it seems as is we’re fighting a losing battle with the cards stacked against us.

  4. shania January 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    mr bloomberg my mom is on strike she have lots of bills to pay please i dont want to loose my home help solve this problem.

  5. maury January 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    why u are so mean to these drivers&matrons. they r qualified drivers&escorts. i need experience people to take my kids to school do something mr mayor.

  6. Sam January 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Its so sad for the mayor to pick on these defenseless hard working people. These workers are some of the most responsible, hard working, law abidding citizens and thats how they even have gotten these jobs because they are finger printed for criminal checks and they are also check to make sure they maintain clean driving records and they are routinely given drug and alcohol tests, proving that they are a special kind of people and yet these are the workers that this mayor has chosen to pick on?! How unfortunate that maintaining a balanced and responsible life has no merits to this mayor. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on you Mr. Billionaire, I mean Mr. Bloomberg!

  7. Maria February 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Why did they wait sooo long to strike, bids go out on Feb 12!

  8. winifred genovese February 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    The mayor will never want for anything material. He is a billionar. When you have everything in this world the only thing left to desire is power. That is what this is to him a power trip. Break the unions and have power. How sad he doesn’t know God and love.

  9. Harris February 8, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Mayor Bloomberg we understand you, your gold is to
    brake the union to create private Company to do the
    work for cheaper price,if those children were yours you not put they life in danger you just don’t care. I want you to understand all the Members 1181 have past criminal background to protect the children we transport.We pay taxes also have Medical coverage if succeed all of us will go to unemployment,take food stamps,housing,apply for Medicaid for us and our family we all will depend on the governement.this what you us to do?take off the charge on our back put it on the Governement back. Thank you Mayor.

  10. REGINA February 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply


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