Boston school buses running; uncertainty remains

Posted: 10/09/13 at 6:00 am EDT      Last Updated: 10/09/13 at 5:40 pm EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Most bus drivers agreed to return to work Wednesday morning. Schools still opened one hour early for drop-offs and Boston Public Schools said that although the move is encouraging, the situation remains uncertain.

Wednesday afternoon bus routes ran as scheduled but Mayor Menino advised parents to make alternative plans for Thursday.

“Most of the drivers are good people. It was led by a rogue element in the union,” Menino said.

The mayor said people tried to block other drivers from doing their routes early Wednesday in Hyde Park, but managed to get through and continue on. On Tuesday, roughly 600 drivers walked off the job, leaving students and parents stranded.

“I really feel for the children because the children aren’t going to get their education,” said Brenda Mikell, concerned parent.

The drivers are part of the Steelworkers Union, which announced the wildcat strike is in fact illegal. Local leaders met throughout Wednesday to discuss grievances and strategy. They wanted to discuss all this with Veolia Transportation which took over a city contract this past summer.

“Veolia came in and wanted to make changes, but they did it without ever talking to the union,” one man said.

“I just thought it was just very unprofessional for them to just walk off the job just like that,” said Michael Thompson, parent.

The Steelworkers Leadership District in New York have advised the union if they have grievances, they should take them before the National Labor Relations Board and get back to work.

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