Parents of the 23,000 Halifax-area students who bus to school should start making plans to cope with a school bus strike.

 

This morning, 290 drivers, monitors and mechanics with Stock Transportation
voted 98 per cent against the company’s last contract offer. They could be on
strike by Jan. 26, if no last-minute deal is reached.

 

Nearly half of the board’s 52,000 students are bused to school.

 

Stock
offered three per cent raises every year for three years. That would
leave a bus driver with three years’ experience making just over $14 an
hour by the end of the contract, according to NSGEU president Joan
Jessome.

 

The union wants $1 hourly raises each year, to $18 an hour by 2012 for drivers.