First Student workers vote 'yes' for strike

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008

KENAI - After months of negotiations, Teamster First Student bus drivers and attendants on the Kenai Peninsula cast an 88-to-5 vote Dec. 1 in favor of a strike. For now, buses continue to travel more than 7,000 miles a day to haul 3,000 students to and from classes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

First Student has offered a Jan. 13 date to address the areas of concern - safety, health care and the equal treatment of drivers and attendants - but workers are hoping for something sooner than that.

First Student spokesperson Nicol Jones said the next step in the process is "to figure out what the terms of the contract would look like."

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