Providence School Bus Strike Update

(Providence, RI)  --  Both sides of the Providence school bus drivers' strike met under federal mediation on Tuesday for the first time since the strike began.  The nearly two-week-old strike is being held over a disagreement on retirement benefits, with bus company First Student offering bus drivers the option of participating in a 401-K plan.  In a letter sent to First Student on Monday, a Teamsters union representative criticized the company's contributions to 401-K plans for other unions in New England and said First Student has a poor track record with that option.  Meanwhile, the ACLU announced yesterday that it has plans to take legal action on behalf of disabled students.


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