Two bus union members on leave after walk off
QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Drivers reported to work Thursday morning even though after a day of negotiations, representatives for the Boston bus drivers union and Veolia Transportation are no closer to an agreement.
“When you hurt one of us, you hurt all of us. We are all together. Keep that in mind,” said one driver.
Union leader learned after hours of talk that the company suspended two of them. They will be on paid leave for what the company called an 'illegal' job action. Five more are under investigation.
“The company has to understand its actions have ramifications and it issued a provocation today,” Alfred Gordon, an attorney representing the union, said.
John King, vice president of Veolia, said that the union was told about the investigation.
“We did advise the union we are actively investigating seven individuals whose actions may have led to the illegal strike yesterday,” he said.
The buses ran as normal Wednesday, although several union members reportedly tried to stop other drivers.
Bus drivers were on the road again Thursday, but parents were advised to keep a close eye on the situation.
“Parents should keep backup plans ready,” a representative of Boston Public Schools said on Twitter.
Boston Schools tweeted Thursday morning that there was an attempt by a small group of bus drivers to disrupt service at one of the bus yards but the other bus drivers ignored the situation.