Thousands of city kids were left stranded this morning when school-bus drivers and matrons went on strike, leaving parents scrambling to find other ways to get their children to school.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says the strike started at 6 a.m. this morning.
The devastating job action, called Monday by the union representing most of the city’s yellow bus drivers and matrons, left as many as 152,000 children — including 54,000 special-needs kids — faced with travel nightmares or even getting stuck at home for the duration of the work stoppage.
City officials took to the airwaves yesterday to blast Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union for leaving the students — many of whom have already suffered through Hurricane Sandy and missed a week of school — in the lurch.
“The union drivers are striking against our children, plain and simple,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
They're not "your" children, Walcott.
If they were "your children," you can bet you wouldn't send them to schools with PCB's or cancer-causing toxins in them the way you have all throughout your tenure.
So drop the "This is a war against our children" crap.
You don't care about these students any more than you care about teachers, the matrons or the bus drivers.
Your callous disregard for the health and safety of the children in your care is a documented fact.
So save us the smears against the bus drivers and matrons.
And save us the smears against teachers while you're at it.
We know that's coming too if you don't get your boss what he wants in the evaluation negotiations by tomorrow night.