Davenport union bus drivers avert strike, vote to approve new contract offer

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 6:41 PM CDT
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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - Bus drivers with the Teamsters Local 371 union in Rock Island voted Friday night to approve a new deal with Durham School Services.

According to a union representative, members ‘voted overwhelmingly’ to approve a new wage, an extra holiday and what the rep is calling the addressing of safety issues to ensure children can safely be transported to and from school.

It also avoids a potential strike that was set to begin had a deal not been agreed upon.

Parents in the Davenport Community School District and Davenport Catholic Schools were sent an e-mail earlier in the week about the possible strike, and to have an alternate transportation plan for as early as October 3.

A Durham spokesperson says the company is “very pleased” that a deal has been ratified.

Terms of the deal were not immediately made available.

Nearly 6,000 kids rely on Durham School Services buses for a ride to and from school.