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Striking school bus drivers approve new contract; service resumes Monday

Seattle school bus drivers went on strike Feb. 1. They approved a new contract Saturday. (KOMO file photo)

SEATTLE -- Seattle school bus drivers overwhelmingly approved a new contract on Saturday.

Bus service will return for Seattle Public Schools students on Monday.


The drivers, who are represented by the Teamsters union, went out Feb. 1 in a dispute over health coverage and pensions.

The drivers voted to approve the contract with First Student, which proves bus service to Seattle Public Schools, with a 97 percent vote.

First Student’s lead negotiator Kim Mingo provided this statement: “We are very pleased that First Student yellow bus drivers have voted to ratify the expanded benefits program included within their contract. We look forward to resuming the reliable transportation that First Student is known for, and that Seattle Public Schools families depend on, on Monday.”

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