NYC spent at least $20M during school bus strike

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 9:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's schools chancellor says the city spent roughly $20.6 million shuttling students to class during the monthlong school bus strike.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 ended its walkout on Friday evening.

Some 8,000 bus drivers and aides went on strike Jan. 16. The union wanted the city to include protections for current employees in future contracts with bus companies. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a court ruling prohibited the city from doing so.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he's glad to have the bus drivers and aides returning to work.

Full service for public schools resumes Wednesday after mid-winter recess. Wolcott says some routes will begin Tuesday.

Walcott says the city saved about $80 million during the strike because it didn't have to pay the bus drivers.

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