Josh RultenbergNov 2, 2017, 10:43 am

School bus drivers who serve 4 Westchester cities may go on strike

Union workers have been without a contract since June

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YONKERS — Four different Westchester County cities may see its school bus drivers go on strike. Union workers have been working without a contract for the last four months.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano is expected to announce a deadline for the drivers' employer, First Mile Square, to work out a deal or else his colleagues will strike.

In a statement, Utano said:

"We will continue to negotiate to reach a fair deal but not indefinitely. We are running out of patience and First Mile Square is running out of time."

The transportation company has school bus routes in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Mamaroneck. Local 100 has around 600 bus operators, monitors and mechanics who work for First Mile Square. All have been working without a contract since June 30.

The workers' demands include one paid sick day a year, annual three percent raises and a guaranteed 25-hour work week.

They claim these things would put First Mile Square workers on par with other bus companies in Westchester.

So far Local 100 leaders say talks with First Mile Square have shown little progress. FiOS1 News reached out to First Mile Square but have not heard back.

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