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