On Thursday morning, after the morning school drop-offs were completed, school bus drivers and attendants from Durham Bus Services gathered outside the bus yard to call attention to the ongoing negotiations between the Teamsters Local 959 that represents the drivers and Durham Bus Services.

“We are trying to show Durham, the school board, and the people of the Mat-Su Valley that we are united and we aren’t going to back down from the issues we are discussing at the bargaining table,” said Patrick FitzGerald of Teamsters Local 959. “Safety is our paramount concern, and the demands for safety improvements have gone unanswered by the company (Durham). This action, and the 98% approval of a strike vote shows we are united as a bargaining unit.”

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