Mile Square Bus Company employees set to go on strike Monday, stranding thousands of Yonkers students

The Yonkers School District says 6,000 students will be affected by the strike. (5/17/14)

YONKERS - Employees for the Mile Square Bus Company are set to go on strike Monday, stranding thousands of Yonkers students.

School district leaders from Yonkers, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon have already sent a letter out to parents, warning them there will be no bus service Monday and to make plans for alternate transportation.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Yazurlo says about 6,000 of the district's 26,000 students will be impacted.

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The strike is between bus drivers and the company's owner. Union leaders from TWU Local 100 say almost 600 employees have not had a contract in almost five years and are asking the company for a raise, claiming the owner has refused to do so.

Last year, workers reported the bus company to OSHA for a lack of heat during the winter months.

Drivers will be picketing at several Mile Square properties throughout the week.

Despite the school district's statement that there will be no bus service Monday, the Mile Square Bus Company says it has a contingency plan and buses will still run.

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