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Providence Officials Urge For An End In School Bus Strike


Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza met with the union representing city bus drivers Tuesday afternoon as they continue their strike for a fourth day.

City bus drivers are in contract talks with private bus company First Student.

The mayor said he was hoping to address transportation for students with special needs.

In the meantime, Providence School Superintendent Chris Maher is urging the bus company and a local union to settle their contract dispute quickly.

“I respect the rights of both parties in this situation,” Maher said. “However, this strike action is harmful to our students and it is an unfair burden on our families. Our children are not pawns to be moved around in a board game to win.”

More than 9,000 Providence students have been without bus transportation since last Thursday. City School officials said student attendance has dipped as a result.

Excused absences due to the bus strike have been extended through the end of the week.

John Bender/The Public's Radio