School bus drivers reach tentative agreement to avoid strike
SEATTLE -- A feared school bus driver strike in Seattle may have been averted Thursday night when the drivers' union reached a tentative contract agreement that would keep them on the roads.
Michael Gonzales with the Teamsters Local Union 174 said drivers appear to have reached a deal with First Student, which is the company that contracts with Seattle Schools to provide all student transportation,
Contract negotiations between the two groups broke down last month after First Student presented its last, best and final offer.
In February, Gonzales said that offer would cut retirement and sick days to just two per year, while increasing the cost of health care benefits.
The strike would have affected more than 400 drivers who transport 22,881 general education students and 4,485 special education students.
Gonzales did not release any details about the most recent offer.
The tentative agreement is being fully recommended by the bargaining committee, but the full union will have to vote before the issue is settled.