Bus Company And Drivers Reach Tentative Deal That Could End Strike | KNKX

Bus Company And Drivers Reach Tentative Deal That Could End Strike

Feb 9, 2018

The company that provides school bus transportation to about 12,000 students in the Seattle school district and the union that represents drivers said in a joint statement that they've reached a tentative agreement. Drivers have been on strike for more than a week.

"We are confident that this contract will be ratified by union membership," the company and the union said. "Upon ratification, yellow bus service will resume on Monday."

The drivers, who number about 400 and are represented by Teamsters Local 174, will vote tomorrow morning on the agreement. The union and the company said the proposal provides an expanded benefits package and comprehensive health insurance for drivers and families. 

Drivers began their strike on Feb. 1 because they said they were frustrated by the company's failure to provide affordable health insurance to the families of part-time drivers. They also said they wanted better retirement benefits than the company was offering.