Mayoral Candidates Bring ATU 1181 Back to Work

The 8,000-member Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, on strike since January 16 over job protection issues, announced on Friday that it will return to work on Wednesday when schools re-open after the President's Day holidays.

The strike, which has affected more than 100,000 New York City schoolchildren, ended the day after the union got a letter from five Democratic mayoral candidates asking the drivers to return to work.

The mayoral candidates, City Council speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller John Liu, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Councilman Sal Albanese, said that, if elected, they will revisit the job security issue.

Union leaders said they were confident that, once Mayor Michael Bloomberg has left office, they can resolve the impasse.

In a media release, former City Council Member from Bay Ridge Sal Albanese, among the mayoral candidates who signed the letter to the union, praised the local for forcing almost every elected official in New York City to take a stand on the strike by standing up to "a bully of a mayor".

By ending the strike, Albanese said, the drivers and matrons of ATU 1181 showed that they, not the mayor, are the adults in the room by putting student safety first.

It's possible, Albanese said, for a mayor who actually cares about all three to protect taxpayer dollars, bus drivers' jobs, and student safety.

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