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Boston school bus drivers go on strike

October 8, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston public schools spokesman says about 600 school bus drivers have gone on strike, leaving thousands of children stranded.

The school system says the strike Tuesday by the United Steelworkers Local 8751 is illegal.

A telephone message could not be left at union headquarters because the voicemail box is full. An email message was left.

The drivers work for the city’s bus contractor, not the school department.

The spokesman says the strike was prompted by the union’s opposition to changes that ensure driver safety, improve on-time performance, and a web tool that allows parents to track buses in real time.

Most of the district’s 33,000 students are affected.

Schools remain open.

Mayor Tom Menino called the strike “irresponsible” and said union leadership should be held accountable.

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