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Friday, May 11, 2007

Striking bus drivers disrupt town, families

New Milford, NH bus drivers have gone on strike. What does this mean? The education of children is compromised because their school day is disrupted and shortened. The parents of these children are inconvenienced and must drive their children to school and some will be late for work. They must also leave work early for parent pick-up.

Taxpayers are still paying for transportation services which are not being provided due to this strike. Administrators and teachers are inconvenienced and their work schedules altered in order to accommodate this emergency situation. (You’ve done an excellent job, by the way!)

I trust that taxpayers are paying extra to teachers and administrators in overtime to accommodate schedule changes due to union contracts. Why? Because New Milford bus drivers rejected a 3.5 percent salary increase. They instead demand an 8.8 percent increase. New Milford parents and taxpayers, did you receive an 8.8 percent increase in salary this year?

Let’s translate this to what it means for these bus drivers. I’m estimating that they work approximately five hours per day in a 181-day work year, or 905 hours per year. The differential is $543 annually or $3 per day.

Parents and taxpayers, your bus driver has inconvenienced, overcharged and deprived your children of a quality education for the price of a Big Mac. How do you feel about this?

If these bus drivers can earn an additional $2 per hour as they claim in surrounding areas, I suggest that they submit a job application to the bus company offering this wage. I’m confident that All-Star can find qualified candidates to replace them.

The New Milford Taxpayers Association is for a better, more affordable place to live.

(newtimeslive.com)