PREVIOUSLY: Union negotiator says DPS is forcing drivers out
The strike was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, but the drivers’ voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify the deal Sunday, stopping that plan. Dayton bus drivers worked their usual shifts Tuesday, under the assumption that the board would take the final step to approve the deal later Tuesday, which it did.
More than 10,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade students ride DPS buses every day to the district’s own schools, as well as charter and parochial schools.
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While details of the final agreement are not available, Lolli said the previous tentative agreement had offered 10 to 15 percent raises to the drivers, which would take their starting pay from $13.85 per hour to roughly $15.75. That’s still lower than most surrounding districts, but DPS officials said better benefits and more guaranteed hours per day make up for the wage gap. Lolli had characterized that offer as “all we can give at this point in time.”
Gollings said the drivers had four concerns about the previous tentative agreement – how retroactive raises or bonuses would be handled for this school year, the pay scale that was settled on, how “extra duty hours” were parceled out to drivers, and practices where drivers were asked to go past the end of their shift.