Bus strike that affected hundreds of LBUSD students is over, district says

A strike by bus drivers that transport Long Beach Unified School District’s special education students is over and regular bus service will resume Wednesday, according to the district.

The labor dispute left parents and students confused and scrambling to find alternate ways to and from school Monday, with some parents saying they only found out about the strike after calling the dispatch office for the district’s bus vendor, Mission School Transportation.

LBUSD spokesperson Chris Eftychiou said Tuesday afternoon that Mission School Transportation had reached an agreement with its drivers that would end the strike that started Monday. Eftychiou said parents had been notified of the agreement and that regular bus service would resume Wednesday.

“We acknowledge the inconvenience this strike caused, and we’re working with the vendor to ensure this type of situation doesn’t happen again,” Eftychiou said in an email. “We look forward to seeing our students on Wednesday.”

Over 100 Teamsters Local 572 bus drivers went on strike over what they said were stagnant wages and a breakdown in negotiations with Mission, leading to over 730 LBUSD students and their parents having to find alternate modes of transportation this week.

The district said that it would excuse any absences accrued by students during the strike and all missed work would be allowed to be made up.

LBUSD special education students left without transportation as bus drivers strike over wages

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.