school bus drivers' strike affecting about 160,000 school children citywide.
DeBlasio's letter asks Bloomberg, now that the National Labor Relations Board has ruled the city a party to the dispute, to bring the bus companies and the union to the table to resolve the strike.
The city, said deBlasio, should cancel its bid book for 1,000 special education school bus routes to allow a cooling off period, then seek a negotiated solution that values the skills, experience and service history of the 8,000 striking drivers.
Click here to read a copy of the letter.
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