‘Hip, hip, hooray!’ Lakota bus drivers vote against strike with new contract

The bus drivers are responsible for roughly 16,000 kids a day

Lakota bus strike averted

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Some Lakota bus drivers yelled “Hip, hip, hooray!” after their vote not to strike and remain on the job with a new contract. The vote came Tuesday night after drivers had rejected a contract with Petermann Transportation late Monday.

"Committee worked real hard, late in the hours yesterday, and all throughout really, they put a lot of time, energy and effort into this,” said Union Secretary-Treasurer Ron Butts.

Butts said they got the money they wanted.

"We reached a fair settlement of our wage dispute and we modified some contract language, which addresses some working conditions concerns the membership had,” said Susan Jansen, the attorney representing Teamsters Local 100 in their negotiations.

Though Jansen would not elaborate on what those concerns were, wages and working conditions appeared to be at issue.

Just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Lakota Schools got word from Petermann that a new agreement had been reached, but drivers would need to vote on it late Tuesday. Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller vented his frustration in a video message to parents.

"I realize that our communication over the last 24 hours, has seemed disorganized and inconsistent. This is not what you've come to expect from us, and for that, I am sincerely sorry,” said Miller.

The deal impacts some 213 drivers and aides.

“I think it was a good deal and I think the members approved it overwhelmingly,” said Butts.

The bus drivers are responsible for roughly 16,000 kids a day.

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