03242013 Update including articles on busing contract attack

Saturday, March 30, 2013 6:18:00 PM
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This is a reminder of our efforts to bring awareness of the school bus problems to a bigger audience, and to organize ourselves for what's left of the school year.

As a veteran matron said on the PIST NYC facebook page:

Dina Nero It's really a shame, once all the senior people are phased out I don't know who will want this job.... Drivers hired after January 1st will be getting paid $14.50 an hour for a big bus and $11.50 an hour for a van, they will have no paid holidays or days off (no school= no pay) they will be guaranteed 5 hours per day and pay 9.5 % for medical benefits for individual only if they want family coverage they will have to pay the difference, no other benefits and pay will only be increased by 1 a 2 % per year. Why would anyone want to pay all the money it takes to become certified for such a little income. It's scary to think of who will be driving your children!
 

At the bottom are links to 2 articles of interest to school bus parents.
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Spring Break in spite of it all,
from Parents to Improve School Transportation
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Today Sunday March 24 from 12 noon to 3 pm at 8th Avenue and 31st-33rd Street, Manhattan
there is a big rally with the state federation of labor against the sequester cuts,
and with the four post office unions against threats to thousands of postal facilities and tens of thousands of jobs. 

PIST has a chance to first gather with tenants and seniors in the nearby Chelsea neighborhood
from 10 a.m. to 11:30 at 9th Avenue and 15th-16th Streets
in front of a post office that they are fighting to keep from being closed,
to talk and share flyers and listen to songs, and then march over.

We have some signs and flyers that say SAVE THE POST OFFICE, SAVE THE SCHOOL BUS!
The idea is that those who need a service and those who would like to keep working to provide that service are sticking together to fight those who would degrade or remove that service.
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Tuesday March 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Parents to Improve School Transportation organizing meeting
Donated space at 147 West 24 St. between 6th and 7th Ave, Manhattan
Ring bell for 2nd floor.
Topics:  Membership drive, Organizing to prevent another crisis now and in the Fall.

Questions 347 504 3310

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Two pieces on the contract slashing that the bus companies are trying to impose
http://www.schoolbook.org/2013/03/21/school-bus-workers-facing-major-pay-cut/

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-school-bus-operators-cut-workers-pay-benefits-article-1.1294501

Report on the 3/21 Citywide Council on Special Education meeting on curriculum changes
http://www.schoolbook.org/2013/03/22/more-planning-needed-for-special-ed-students-under-common-core/

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