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UPDATE: As NYC Bus Strike Ends, 100 Drivers Lose Jobs

When workers returned to Boro Wide Buses in Red Hook Wednesday morning they were locked out and turned away.

 

Update, 11:20 am: More than 100 drivers were fired from Boro Wide Buses in Red Hook this morning, confirms the New York Post.

"Matrons who came back to work this morning after their union ended its monthlong school bus strike were abruptly terminated—after being told their company had folded," says the report.

Members of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union were allegedly told they could reapply for positions with affiliated bus companies—but only under a different union.

Owner Joseph Fazzia—president of the affiliated companies Boro Wide Buses, JoFaz Transportation and Canal Escorts—told reporters that Canal folded because it " had been unable to meet its contractual requirements with the Department of Education during the strike."

“The layoffs are permanent,” he wrote in a letter.

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While city parents exhaled a sigh of relief, many yellow bus drivers were still holding their breath as they returned to work Wednesday morning. After a monthlong New York City bus strike, some operators stated they would not welcome back workers who participated, according to sources.

At approximately 4:45 a.m. NYPD officers are expected to provide crowd control at the Boro Wide Buses lot on Coffey Street in Red Hook, where approximately 500 engines are parked. There, the owner is expected to turn away an unknown number of striking workers, a source told Patch late Tuesday night.

Those aware of the situation anticipated there could be trouble, outbursts and possible vandalism, said the source.

New York City spent more than $20 million reimbursing parents for travel during the monthlong bus strike, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Monday. But those costs were likely to increase as parents continue to file claims.

Some bus companies had hired replacement workers during the walkout and "had threatened striking drivers, saying they could lose their jobs if they didn't return," reported the Wall Street Journal.

But in Brooklyn those threats may turn out to be promises kept.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Lady Shrek February 21, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Joseph Fazzia is the president of several transportation firms and no doubt is a member of one of the loftier tax-brackets. He seems quite comfortable about quashing the attempts of school bus drivers to improve their own lot as they earn him his high standard of living. I cannot claim to know what the contract disputes were about, but it's hard to miss the vast gap in income and power between one individual and hundreds of workers. Unions are workers' only hope for fair treatment. Watch those unions disappear under the vindictive rule of company presidents who fire strikers simply because the law caters to the already-privileged in this land of the free.
JLeo February 21, 2013 at 01:38 PM
There has to be a level playing field. Now that the contracts have to go out to bid it does not take a brain surgeon to figure out the non-union school bus companies have a huge advantage due to lower payroll costs. There has to be a provision in the bids that prevailing wages have to be used in the bids. As the current contracts end so do the union contracts with each school bus company, the gravy train end now....
Martin Haber February 24, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Joseph Fazzio should be tarred and feathered for avenging himself on honest workers, and the fired workers should get all their back pay, for having the guts to act on their due process rights. Where are the unions of this city? There has to be a fight back!

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