Bus drivers vote down proposal coordinated with First Student
By WTOC Staff| January 11, 2015 at 11:32 AM EST - Updated July 21 at 2:32 PM
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC)
After months of negotiations, Teamsters Local 728 Union voted down the proposal coordinated with First Student, the agreement would allow for the bus drivers to get paid around $200 per week during the summer off time.
School bus drivers have been pushing for income security over the summer. This is because a new law makes the drivers ineligible for unemployment benefits, which is something they rely on over the summer months.
Many of the bus drivers with the 728 Union were upset when leaving the meeting on Sunday and questioned how they would be able to survive on what they deem to be very little money.
"This situation was very difficult for all parties concerned and these folks are faced with some very daunting prospects of not having any income over the summer, said Eric Robertson, Chief Negotiator from Teamsters Local 728 Union. "So, they're anger is understandable but we felt like we did try to address their concerns to the best of our ability."
Drivers had voted to approve a strike previously but Local 728 does not have any plans to strike immediately.