Parents in the lowcountry are concerned about their children getting to school safely after the bus drivers union Teamsters Local 509 voted to strike. The drivers are fighting for better working conditions from their employer Durham School Services. But buses will not stop rolling. School board members voted to allow the company to hire out of state drives in case there is a strike.
"The local bus drivers know our children, they know our community, they are familiar with the different families, they know medical issues about the children, their exact bus stops and the children are comfortable with those specific bus drives. When they have a sub, it feels kind of weird," said Jessica Bacon, parent.
In the meantime, Durham School Services says they are going to continuing meeting with union members this week to try to reach a deal and avoid a strike.