NEW: Teamsters Suspend Picket After Providence School Bus Fires

Friday, October 12, 2018


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The Teamsters Local 251 announced Friday that picketing at the First Student bus yard in Providence has been suspended due to Thursday night's bus fires. 

READ: School Bus Strike Explodes — As Much as $750K in Damages from Fire

"All picketing is suspended until further notice. Public safety and city officials need to investigate this violent and tragic act that occurred Thursday," said Nick Williams, Teamsters Local 251 Business Manager.

"Teamsters Local 251 and our Providence school bus drivers condemn the property damage that occurred at the First Student bus yard after we left the picket line. We are thankful there appear to have been no serious injuries among the firefighters who quickly responded," said Matt Taibi, Teamsters Local 251 Principal Officer. 

"These are our buses, too. After we negotiate a secure retirement and this labor dispute ends, we'll go back to our jobs driving those buses. Anyone who thinks that day is advanced by what happened last night is badly mistaken," said Taibi.

The Teamsters confirmed they are continuing to strike while the picket is suspended. 


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