The school system is always on the hook for something. We don’t have enough time to list the problems riddling American’s education system and here we go again with another strike.
For the first time in 34 years, as of yesterday, New York’s public school bus drivers are on strike. They are seeking a change in policy that includes the proper use of funds allotted to the school’s bus system. The New York school bus system gets a $7,000 per year, per student budget; more than any other big city in the country “the next three largest school districts, Los Angeles spends about $3,200, Chicago about $5,000, and Miami, $1,000.”
But now the union and drivers feel that Michael Bloomberg is trying to edge them out of their jobs as he plans a “union bust.”
According to the New York Times, the unions are charging that Bloomberg is misinterpreting the regulations by saying that he is not able to hire employees that currently work for the city once he puts some of the contracts up for open bid “for the first time in decades.” He claims that a court decision “prevents him from forcing the winning bidders to hire currently employed union members.”
But it’s hard to figure out who anyone should side with outside of the children. The city employees and union leaders have been in dealings with bus companies that are associated with organized crime. They have taken bribes and one man that ran one of the companies brandished a gun during negotiations. Not only that, the report states:
“Both union leaders and city employees have gone to prison for shaking down bus companies, offering in return labor peace, advance notice of inspections or approval of lucrative extra routes.”
Corruption like that has a place on The Sopranos. These mafia movies have us under the impression that the corruption was only in sanitation contracts, but this is real and New York’s children are suffering in the middle of the cesspool brewing in New York’s school bus system.
Read more here and check out the commercial the union put together targeting Bloomberg’s administration.