Boston school bus drivers report to work Thursday

Kids aboard a school bus in Charlestown Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
Kids board a school bus in Charlestown on Oct. 9. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

UPDATE: Boston school bus drivers reported to work Thursday, easing concerns prompted by a one-day strike Tuesday. School officials remain cautiously optimistic, but said parents should continue monitoring the day-to-day bus operations at BostonPublicSchools.org.

Although the majority of Boston school bus drivers were back to work picking up and dropping off students Wednesday, school and city officials said they were not yet confident that families can fully depend on the bus system.

Boston school bus drivers who belong to the United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 staged an unannounced and unsanctioned work stoppage Tuesday in protest of what they considered to be unreasonable changes in their operation. The wildcat strike left 33,000 students and their families scrambling to find last-minute transportation.

Speaking outside his office at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Thomas Menino said that he expected the uncertainty to continue, as some defiant drivers were still adamantly upholding the strike.

“A few wildcat members of this union tried to block drivers coming into the bus yard in Readville (Wednesday morning) and were threatening their co-workers. This is not right,” Menino said. “I will not accept people being bullied into not working and losing a day’s pay, by a few individuals who want to cause a disruption, create fear and hold power over others in the union.”

Union representatives on Wednesday met with officials from Veolia Transportation, which took over the system’s bus contract in July, and according to John Dunlap, the city’s chief of labor relations, presented a list of demands which were being reviewed.

Addressing the question of discipline, Dunlap said that matter is between Veolia and the union, and that he did not believe any criminal charges were on the table.

School officials said Wednesday night that there was uncertainty with day-to-day bus service, so families should continue to have backup plans in place.

Students will be excused Thursday for “transportation-related” absences and tardies, and all schools will open one hour earlier to accommodate parents.

Officials said 91 percent of students who took the bus Wednesday were on time.

Get the whole scoop on the Boston school bus driver strike at Metro.us.

Updates on school bus service will be available on the Boston Public School District’s website.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.