Testimony: NYC School Bus Industry in the Aftermath of the Removal of Employee Protection Provisions from Contracts

March 27, 2014. James Parrott testified at a New York City Council oversight hearing looking at the effects of removing job security protections from the City school bus contracts. The previous administration set in motion a contract re-bidding process that stripped school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics of job security protections. That action has already led to the bankruptcy of a large school bus company in the middle of the school year and threatens to further unsettle the industry on which the City relies to provide safe and reliable school pupil transportation services for 150,000 children. The removal of the job security protection is putting intense downward pressure on the wages and benefits of a modestly-paid workforce that is comprised largely of persons of color residing in some of the poorest neighborhoods of the City. The damage wrought by the Bloomberg administration in eliminating job security is reversible and should be reversed as quickly as possible.