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Bus drivers strike enters 5th day; legal decision looms
NEW YORK (WABC) -- On a bitter, frigid day, classes were in session for New York City public school students amid the fifth day of the bus driver strike.
That means it will be another tough day for tens of thousands of children left out in the cold.
The conflict is over the city's need to rein in spiraling costs against the bus drivers' goal of keeping their jobs.
The city contracts with private bus companies. It says the city must seek competitive bids to save money. But Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union wants the new contracts to include job protections for current drivers.
Some buses were running last week because their drivers are not members of Local 1181. The city Department of Education said 2,320 bus routes out of 7,700 were operating.
A decision could come as early as Wednesday on whether the strike is even legal, with the National Labor Relations Board set to hear challenges. The bus company owners are expected to testify in an effort to get an injunction to stop the strike.
Summary and links:
The city is taking the following steps for families of students who currently receive yellow bus service:
The DOE will continue to update New Yorkers and will post new information on Schools.NYC.gov. Information will also be available at 311.
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