JPS bus drivers unhappy, could strike - - Jackson, MS

JPS bus drivers unhappy, could strike

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Public Schools bus drivers held a private meeting discussing wages and other issues Friday.  The drivers have said they could strike if School District officials don't meet their demands.

Driver James Moore says, "The concerns are were short of bus drivers and it's a lot on certain drivers and when there's a shortage that puts a strain on the whole system as far as the kids getting to school on time."

The drivers have presented a petition to the school district's Board of Trustees outlining their concerns:

  • Bus drivers have not have had a raise since 2004.
  • Due to a shortage drivers are assigned to multiple routes, causing fatigue and health problems.
  • Drivers constantly being threatened by students and aren't getting support with disciplinary issues.
  • Drivers are demanding a $100.00 a day pay increase. They also they want to be paid bi-monthly instead of monthly.

The bus drivers say that disciplinary problems on the busses have escalated since Superintendent Gray was appointed.

They claim that if they write the students up, they're placed right back on the bus to continue their negative behavior.

They accuse district officials of not stepping in, just to keep attendance records up.

Our crew wasn't allowed into the meeting.




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