New York City School Bus Strike
The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics, now its fourth week, has won widespread sympathy among working people, who are glad to see a section of workers finally standing up to the city’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
But the strike is in grave danger, and with it, the jobs, wages and pensions of the workers. The response of the Amalgamated Transit Union, the New York Central Labor Council and the AFL-CIO to the ruling by the National Labor Relations Board upholding the legality of the strike is to redouble their efforts to call it off.
Their only condition is that Mayor Bloomberg gives them the fig leaf of a “cooling-off period” and negotiations to conceal what would be an abject capitulation and betrayal of the workers. The strikers would return to work having obtained no commitment of any kind from the city or the bus companies to maintain the Employee Protection Provisions (EPP) that ensures job security.
The shutdown of the strike would be a disastrous defeat for all city workers. It would only encourage Bloomberg and the financial powers he speaks for to accelerate their attacks on city workers. The main concern of the ATU and other city unions is to keep the school bus strike from developing into a broader movement of the working class that would upset their relations with the city’s political and corporate establishment.
School bus workers can prevail in their struggle only if they break the stranglehold of the unions and fight for the full industrial and political mobilization of the working class in opposition to the political establishment, the two big business parties, and the Wall Street oligarchs they represent.
Striking New York City bus workers speak on their struggle
From the World Socialist Web Site
Some articles from the World Socialist Web Site on the New York City school bus strike:
- Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats
- Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education
- On New York City picket lines school bus strikers discuss struggle
- Parents speak out in support of New York City school bus strike
- City takes bids stripping school bus drivers of job protections
- Striking New York City bus drivers march in defense of jobs
- WSWS publishes New York school bus strike newsletter
- Mobilize the working class to defend New York school bus strike
- School bus workers fight for job security and wages: 1979 and today
- Democrats join bid to strangle New York City bus drivers strike
- Bloomberg presses attack on striking New York City school bus drivers
- Video: Striking New York City bus workers speak on their struggle
- New York City school bus drivers should reject union moves to end strike
- Letter from a New York City school bus driver
- Striking New York City school bus workers speak out
- The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers
- New York mayor steps up attack on school bus workers
- Interview with a striking New York school bus driver: “We want an answer about what’s been going on”
- New York City school bus strike at the crossroads
- Companies bring in scabs in New York school bus drivers’ strike
- New York school bus drivers remain determined as back-to-work injunction looms
- New York school bus walkout continues amid injunction and strikebreaking threats
- Striking New York school bus drivers face government and media gang up
- Letter from a school bus driver
- School bus drivers in New York face NLRB threat as strike enters second week
- Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike
- New York bus drivers continue strike to defend jobs
- New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day
- New York City school bus drivers strike to defend jobs
- Striking school bus drivers: “The mayor is putting a price on our children”
- Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!
- New York school drivers: “All they want is to push us backwards”
- New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security