Events

People can also visit our Page at fb.me/pistnyc and send our Page messages at m.me/pistnyc.

This coming Saturday morning, March 18, PIST NYC and Comite Timon/NY Chapter are co-sponsoring an organizing workshop at Hostos College titled WE WILL DEFEND SPECIAL EDUCATION & BUSING RIGHTS. 
 Everything will be in both English and Spanish.
Date: Sat. March 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Place: 500 Grand Concourse near 149th Street, room B-503
Transportation: Check mta.info for status of 2, 4, 5 trains to 149 & Grand Concourse. Allow extra time for weekend travel. 
Childcare: in a nearby room (RSVP cancel.milagros67@gmail.com)
Food: there will be home cooked lunch right after the program.

 

[many events omitted due to reliance on Facebook and email for publicity]

PIST supports East Harlem families displaced by the Con Ed blast

The next rally for a community hearing is at the Con Ed shareholders meeting on Monday May 19 at 10 a.m. at Irving Place and 14th Street, Manhattan.  SEE eastharlemsolidarity.wordpress.com, call 212-633-6646 or Contact johnniestvns@aol.com

Please check our facebook page PIST NYC and upcoming Calendar email for more events of interest to school bus riders, parents and workers.

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Thursday May 1 from 6-8 pm
JCC Parent Center has organized an Exchange with Alexandra Robinson, Executive Director of Office of Pupil Transportation

 
Location:  334 Amsterdam Avenue, between 75th and 76th Streets, Man.
Trains 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street.  Bring photo ID
RSVP suzanne.peters.nyc@gmail.com
 

Let's ask OPT just what they are going to do now to make next Fall "better, not cheaper". Thank you Suzanne!

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Thursday May 1 from 12-2 pm or longer. Tabling at Union Square during May Day Workers/Immigrants Rights rally.  Look for Paul or call 347-504-3310


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Thursday May 1 from 5-7 pmWe need help to give out new PIST flyers (attached) at NYC Central Labor Council May Day rally at City Hall and march to Wall Street.   This protest deals with contracts for everyone who works for the city.  School busing is a public service that deserves respect also.

Jueves 1ro de mayo 6-8 pm
JCC Parent Center ha organizado un Excambio con Alexandra Robinson, directora de la Oficina de Transporte Escolar.
 
Direccion:  334 Avenida Amsterdam entre las calles 75 y 76, Manhattan
Trenes #1, 2, 3 a la parada 72nd Street.
Traiga identificacion con foto.
Registrase con un correo a suzanne.peters.nyc@gmail.com o presentese.
 
Vamos a preguntarles a OPT que van a hacer para amejorar el transporte y no simplemente hacerlo cada vez mas barato.  
 
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Jueves 1ro de mayo 12-2 pm o mas tarde
PIST mesa Union Square durante la manifestacion del Primero de Mayo para derechos de los inmigrantes y otros trabajadores.
Busca Paul o llame 347-504-3310

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Jueves 1ro de mayo 5-7 pm
Protesta en City Hall y marcha hacia Wall Street organizada por el Consejo Central Laboral de NYC.  Trata de los contractos para todos que trabajan por la ciudad.  Nos hace falta ayuda en distribuir alli los volantes de PIST (afijado).  El transporte escolar es un servicio publico que se merece respecto tambien.

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Thursday 3/27
1:00 pm - ?  at 250 Broadway, New York, NY 16th Floor
City Council
Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Oversight Hearings on
The school bus industry in the aftermath of the removal of Employee Protection Provisions from contracts and its impact on workers


PIST and other bus advocates will be testifying...please get in touch
(pistnyc@gmail.com or 347-504-3310) if you have something to add.



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The Fight for School Busing Rights/La Lucha por los Derechos en los Autobuses Escolares

Saturday February 8, 2014/Sábado 8 de febrero de 2014

2:30-5:00 pm/entre las 2:30 y 5:00 de la tarde

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College

120 East 149 St. 2nd floor Savoy Multi-Purpose Room, Bronx, New York 10451
Map:  http://goo.gl/maps/AwgOg  Subway: 2, 4, 5 to 149th Street and Grand Concourse


Sponsored by/Auspiciado por:
Parents to Improve School Transportation/Padres para Mejorar el Transporte Escolar (PIST NYC)
Professional Staff Congress (PSC-CUNY) Hostos chapter/capitulo Hostos

Presentations by/Presentaciones por:

Comité Timón de Madres de Educación Especial - on the 33 year struggle for special education rights in Puerto Rico and the recent court victory

Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel/Abogado de derechos Civiles Norman Siegel

Power point: Art and activism by school bus riders/Pelicula: El arte y el activismo de los niños que montan la guagua escolar

With comments by/Con comentario por:

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061    

Suzanne Peters, Parent advocate                                                                                             

Community Action for Safe Apartments-CASA/New Settlement Apartments, Bronx

Local 32-BJ SEIU (School Custodians) Latino Caucus

Question and Answer Session/Preguntas y Respuestas

CHILD CARE by RSVP/Favor de notificar si necesita cuidado para sus hijos:

(347) 504 3310 or pistnyc@gmail.com

Free Program--Donations and Volunteers welcome/Programa gratis--se acepta donaciones y voluntarios

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Protect School Bus Riders’ Rights!

Join our PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Dept. of Education—52 Chambers St.—Manhattan

WE, THE COMMUNITY AND FAMILIES OF SCHOOL BUS RIDERS, NEED GUARANTEES THAT THE ROUTES WILL EXIST AND BE REASONABLE.

NYC MUST RESPECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF OUR CHILDREN.

THE DOE IS OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE SAFE, ON-TIME, PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WITH SENSITIVITY TO DISABILITY ISSUES.

LAYING OFF SENIOR DRIVERS AND MATRONS HURTS STUDENTS!

THE ATLANTIC EXPRESS (‘BANKRUPT’ COMPANY) ROUTES MUST BE EXTENDED WITH EMPLOYEE PROTECTION PROVISIONS.

EPP IS LEGAL AND CORRECT.  IT SHOULD BE IN ALL BUS ROUTE BIDS, SO THAT WE DON’T WASTE ALL THAT ACCUMULATED EXPERIENCE AND SKILL.

Parents to Improve School Transportation…pistnyc@gmail.com...347-504-3310

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Special Ed Parent Meetings this week

 

Tues. 11/19 PIST working meeting 5:00-7:00 pm

At 147 West 24 St. 2nd floor, children welcome, please RSVP to 347-504-3310

Agenda:  Discussion & Phone calls for upcoming events

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Weds. 11/20 District 75 Council monthly public forum

 

6:30-9 pm at DOE, 45-18 Court Square, Long Island City, Queens.  

 

Topics/Guest speakers (changed since last mention):                                     

 

Related Service Training for Parents                                                            

School Safety and Protocols

 

Contact d75council@schools.nyc.gov for flyers

 

Or share flyer from PIST NYC Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=545982392146932&set=a.122497064495469.26112.105624649516044&type=1&theater

 

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Thurs. 11/21 Citywide Council on Special Education monthly public forum

6:00-8:00 pm at Institute for Basic Research, 1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island 10314 

Topic:  Where is the IEP in Common Core?

Info:  ccse@schools.nyc.gov or 718 391 8354

Our FB link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=545990902146081&set=a.122497064495469.26112.105624649516044&type=1&theater

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Free English/Spanish Busing rights workshop /Taller sobre derechos de sus hijos en la guagua

With PIST & volunteer lawyer J. Langer / con PIST y un abogado

Tues. Nov. 12 at 5:30 till 7:00 or so / Martes 12 de Nov. de 5:30 hasta las 7:00 y pico

Sponsored by Sinergia Inc.,        2082 Lexington Ave. – 4th Floor            New York, NY 10035

Trains: 4, 5, 6 to 125th Street                                                                   Buses: M60, M100, M101, Bx15

RSVP Tel# (212)643-2840 Ext #305 or

pjordan@sinergiany.org

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Nov. 9 ALL DAY Caravan to support the school bus battle from the Bronx to Boston

6:30 a.m. Yellow bus and cars gather at 1101 Zerega Ave, Bronx near #6 train

1:00 p.m. Rally at 35 Freeport Way, Dorchester/Boston 02212

Returning late – RSVP 347-504-3310

Info: http://bostonschoolbus5.org/            Map: http://goo.gl/maps/fzJLD

LA LUCHA PARA MEJORES RUTAS

DEL AUTOBÚS ESCOLAR

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*Cómo escribir quejas legales sobre rutas que violan el EIP, explicado por Norman Siegel, Abogado de Derechos Civiles, en un video bilingual

(Proveemos formularios y ejemplos)

*Apoyando un Proyecto de Derechos en el Autobús Escolar

* Cómo los contratos bajos afectan a nuestros hijos

 

DOMINGO 20 DE OCTUBRE 3:00-5:00 PM

Auspiciado por: Padres para Mejorar el Transporte Escolar (PIST)

y COMITE TIMON- CAPITULO PLEITO ROSA LYDIA VELEZ

 

Al Centro Cultural y Educativo El Maestro, Inc.

1300 Southern Boulevard entre Freeman y Jennings, Bronx

Subways (sin elevador):  parada Freeman del #2 y #5 Buses: Bx19

 

Favor de llamar Milagros 347-364-7506

O por correo electrónico: pistnyc@gmail.com

Indique si le hace falta cuidado infantíl en la reunión

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THE FIGHT FOR BETTER SCHOOL BUS ROUTES

 

  • Steps for legal complaints about routes that violate IEPs,

explained by Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel

in a bilingual video (Blank forms and samples provided)

  • Supporting a School Bus Bill of Rights to prevent problems
  • How the low bids affect our children

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 3:00-5:00 PM

Sponsors: Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST)

COMITE TIMON-CLASS ACTION ROSA LYDIA VELEZ CHAPTER

 

At Centro Cultural y Educativo El Maestro, Inc.

1300 Southern Blvd. betw. Freeman & Jennings Sts., Bronx

 

Subways (no elevator):  2, 5 to Freeman Street Buses: Bx19

 

Please call PIST NYC 347-504-3310

or email pistnyc@gmail.com

Indicate if you need childcare at the event

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HOW TO DOCUMENT SCHOOL BUS

  ROUTE COMPLAINTS IN 2013-14

 

A free training, materials included

With Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel and Parent activists

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

3:00 TO 5:00 PM

 

Centro Cultural y Educativo El Maestro, Inc.

1300 Southern Blvd. betw. Freeman & Jennings Sts., Bronx

 

Subways ( no elevator):  2, 5 to Freeman Street

Buses: Bx19

 

To register please call PIST NYC 347-504-3310

Indicate if you need childcare at the event

 

See maps & more info at PIST NYC on facebook or email pistnyc@gmail.com

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COMO DOCUMENTAR QUERELLAS SOBRE LAS RUTAS DEL AUTOBÙS ESCOLAR EN 2013-14

 

Un taller gratis, materiales incluidos

Con el abogado Norman Siegel y activistas padres de familia

 

DOMINGO 29 DE SEPTIEMBRE

3:00-5:00 de la tarde

 

Al Centro Centro Cultural y Educativo El Maestro, Inc.

1300 Southern Boulevard entre las calles Freeman y Jennings

en el Bronx

Subways (sin elevador):  parada Freeman del #2 y #5

Buses: Bx19

 

Para registrarse, favor de llamar Milagros 347-364-7506

Indique si le hace falta cuidado infantile en el sitio

 

Hay mapas y info a la pagina PIST NYC Facebook  pistnyc@gmail.com

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HOW TO DOCUMENT SCHOOL BUS

  ROUTE PROBLEMS IN 2013-14

 

A free training, materials included

With Civil Rights Attorneys Norman Siegel and Harleigh Tensen

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8

3:00 TO 5:00 PM

 

Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York (CID-NY)

841 Broadway betw. 13th & 14th Streets, Manhattan, Rm 301

  Near the southeast corner of Union Square

Subways (elevator exits):  4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R

Buses:  M1, M2, M3, M5, M14A, M14D

 

To register please call PIST NYC 347-504-3310

Indicate if you need childcare at the event

 

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE REPEATED ON 9/15, call to confirm location

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COMO DOCUMENTAR PROBLEMAS CON LAS RUTAS DEL AUTOBÙS ESCOLAR EN 2013-14

 

Un taller gratis, materiales incluidos

Con Abogados de Derechos Civiles:  Norman Siegel y H.Tensen

 

DOMINGO 8 DE SEPTIEMBRE

3:00-5:00 de la tarde

 

Al Centro para la Independencia de las Personas con Discapacidad – Nueva York (CID-NY)

841 Broadway entre las calles 13 y 14, Manhattan, Salon 301

Cerca de la esquina sureste de Union Square

Subways (con elevadores):  4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R

Buses:  M1, M2, M3, M5, M14A, M14D

 

Para registrarse, favor de llamar PIST NYC 347-504-3310

Indique si le hace falta cuidado infantìl en el sitio

 

NOTA: ESE TALLER SE REPITIRA EL 15 de SEPT, llama para confirmar el lugar

 
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NO MORE OVERHEATED SCHOOL BUSES!  (info en espanol abajo)
Why should our children have to suffer on bus routes that are hotter and longer than they have to be?  Are they less important than the tourists and the working people who ride city buses and trains?  Doesn't the mayor cool his limousine with our tax dollars? 
 
Aside from the 6 situations we described in the letter that got sent out last week, there are 2 new stories of children, driver and matron being stuck for 4+ hours waiting for a replacement bus when a minor accident occurred.  NO AIR CONDITIONING during that time and SURPRISE! it was a Lorinda bus...

All the more reason to join a parent and student picket line against the outrageous conditions on the Lorinda, Little Richie, etc. buses, many of which park in this one yard. 
PLACE:  97-14 Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens 11416
DATE: 
Monday AUGUST 5
TIME:  4:00 to 5:30 pm
MAP ATTACHED
Medium walk from Rockaway Boulevard A train.
 
Even though summer school ends next week, the hot weather is liable to continue till October. 

The city code about cooling buses for students with disabilities is not being enforced, and there is no such code for general education buses.
Parents to Improve School Transportation has committed to doing everything we can to get some attention paid to this issue.

pistnyc@gmail.com
Facebook PIST NYC
(347) 504-3310 Se habla espanol

 

NO MAS AUTOBUSES ESCOLARES CALIENTES
UNESE CON UN PIQUETE DE PADRES Y ALUMNOS CONTRA CONDICIONES MALAS EN LAS GUAGUAS DE LITTLE RICHIE, LORINDA Y OTRAS QUE VIENEN DEL MISMO BASE.
97-14 Atlantic Avenue, Ozone Park, Queens 11416
LUNES 5 DE AGOSTO
ENTRE LAS 4 Y 5 Y 30 DE LA TARDE
UNA MAPA ESTA AQUI
 
COMUNIQUESE CON NOSOTROS SI TENGA OTRA IDEA SOBRE COMO PODEMOS RESOLVER ESTE PROBLEMA QUE AFECTA MUCHOS NINOS Y TRABAJADORES EN 2013.

 

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We will fight to SAVE BUSING!

What has Bloomberg’s DOE done to school bus riders?

  • Provoked a strike by attacking the seniority hiring list known as EPP; then bragged about saving money while thousands lost instruction & therapies

 

  • During the strike, DOE memo to bus companies said to “replace” fully trained attendants, who know about disabilities, with hastily certified 2nd drivers; DOE did not respond to numerous accidents and safety violations

 

  • After the strike, DOE let several companies lock out experienced workers, leaving many students without a reliable bus; let companies keep less skilled, lower paid ‘replacements’ past the maximum time on the memo

 

  • Now silent, while their own contractors try to turn special and general education busing into a part-time casual workforce without a living wage. 

Does DOE care about students or about profit margins of bus corporations?

Transportation is part of the civil right to a Free, Appropriate Public Education!  Destroying the working conditions on the bus means destroying the riding conditions!  Do we have to have a school boycott to get this taken seriously?

 

Join our Parent & Student Rally:

Friday April 19, 2013 at 12 noon

65 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201           (outside Dept. of Education offices including the Contracts Division)

Subways:  A, C, F to Jay St-Metrotech; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall;      G to Hoyt- Schermerhorn; N, R to Court Street

Contact Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST):

pistnyc@gmail.com 347-504-3310 (se habla español)

Facebook PIST NYC Website www.pistnyc.org  Twitter @pistnyc

 

Labor donated 3/2013 Please do not post on private or public property

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The ARISE Coalition & The Citywide Council on Special Education present -

Where Is The Bus?

Is your child missing instruction because of the bus strike?
Is your child missing other services? After school programs?
How do you know the driver or matron is certified?
Have you been reimbursed?
What can you do if you can’t afford to pay for car service yourself?
What are your options for alternate travel?
What should you do to ensure that your child receives their
mandated transportation services?

Join us at a PUBLIC SPEAK OUT!
Sponsored by The ARISE Coalition &
The Citywide Council on Special Education
Invited DOE representatives will be in attendance to answer any
questions that you may have and provide updates.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:00 pm at
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Please keep comments to less than five minutes.
Translation services will be provided.

~ Refreshments will be available ~
RSVP: (718) 391-8354

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MORE CALENDAR DETAILS FOR PRO-BUSING ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK

///Por abajo se encuentra Calendario de Actividades PRO-BUS • Semana 4-10 Febrero (Más Detalles)///

(Note if it’s not yet 11 pm Weds when you read this, you can still call in to the Yetta Kurland Radio show to comment on our bus children’s rights 212-868-0975)

1.  (also sent earlier)
Thank you Church of the Resurrection 158th St and Elton Avenue en el Bronx, for allowing school bus parents to hold meetings Thursday 2/7 at 10 a.m.- 12 noon and 6-8 p.m. to discuss plans for helping to bring the strike to a successful end. 
See map attached for bus (Bx13, Bx15, Bx21, Bx41) and subway stops (2,5) nearby.

The hours and address of the meetings are recorded on the PIST phone 347-504-3310 in Spanish and English.
 

2.  Friday Feb. 8 starting around 12 noon (but sign up earlier to speak)

PIST and other parent advocate groups are invited to testify at City Council hearings right before it opens for public comments (DOE officials speak at 10 a.m. and then the relevant unions).  The hearings are about the costs of pupil transportation. 

Remember Bloomberg and Walcott say these costs are too expensive and are using that as an excuse to kick out the experienced drivers and matrons by dropping Employee Protection Provision from the bids, which provoked the strike. 

The committees holding these meetings recognize that parents are stakeholders in the pupil transport system including the bidding process. 

Parents who sign up at the event can present our grievances about the current situation including the strike, as well as suggestions for saving money without harming our children's safety or their access to education. 


Address: Committee Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor across from City Hall


Written testimony can be submitted to jatwell@council.nyc.gov; feel free to cc pistnyc@gmail.com


3.  Friday February 8th from 3 pm to 5 pm

Bronx PIST is calling for any bus parents who can to join a picket for Safety and Education Rights
at the NYCDOE Tweed Courthouse building, 52 Chambers St, Manhattan. 

NOTE DUE TO WEATHER WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU TO BRING CHILDREN UNTIL SUNDAY

Near 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall, A, C, E, J, Z to Chambers St. or R to City Hall.

Confirm the details by calling the PIST phone message starting Thursday night after 8 pm.  347-504-3310

4.  Sunday February 10 from 12:30 to 6:00


The union movement is rallying to support the striking school bus drivers and matrons.  PIST endorses this event.  See attached flyer. 

Gathering at Cadman Plaza Tillary St. in Brooklyn from 12:30-1:00

Marching over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall park.

Program 3-6 pm
 

5.  Reminder: If there is no change in the negotiation, Monday Feb. 11 is the day bids go in on the first 1,100 of the 7,700 school bus route contracts and Tuesday Feb. 12 is the decision.  Even though there are other steps in the contract process all the way till May, that makes this week very important. 

If the city gets away with shortchanging our kids’ safety situation in this portion of routes it will go on to do the same for the next 1,100 contracts that are up for bid in April and the next group in the Fall until there is no experience factor left in the workforce!  UNACCEPTABLE!

 

6.  Anytime, see this for info on donating to Parents to Improve School Transportation FIGHTING FUND: http://tinyurl.com/b73n6vq

 

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Calendario de Actividades PRO-BUS • Semana 4-10 Febrero (Más Detalles)

 

1.  Gracias a La Iglesia de la Resurrection Calle 158 y Avenida Elton in the Bronx, por permitir que los padres de alumnos que necesitan servicios de transporte escolar tengan reuniones el Jueves 7 de Febrero a las 10 de la manana hasta las 12 y despues a las 6 de la tarde hasta las 8 para planear como terminar la huelga exitosamente.
Mire en la mapa afijada donde se para la guagua (Bx13, Bx15, Bx21, Bx41) y la metro (2,5) cerca de la iglesia.

Las horas y la direccion de las reuniones estan gravadas tambien en el mensaje al 347-504-3310 en ambos idiomas.

Viernes 8 de febrero: a partir de las 12 horas (hay ques registrarse antes de hablar)

Audiencias del Consejo Municipal Grupos de padres PIST y otros grupos están invitados a testificar a partir alrededor de las 12 horas (los funcionarios hablan a las 10 horas).
Las audiencias se refieren a los costos de transporte estudiantil.

Acuerdese que Bloomberg y Walcott dicen que estos costos son demasiado caros, y están usando eso como excusa para expulsar a los conductores experimentados y matronas, por dejar caer la EPP (Provisión de Protección del Empleado) de las ofertas.  Así empezó la huelga. 

Los comités de estas reuniones reconocen que los padres son entre los interesados ​​en el sistema de transporte estudiantil, incluyendo el proceso de licitación.

Los padres que se inscriban en el evento pueden presentar nuestras quejas acerca de la situación actual, incluyendo la huelga, así como sugerencias para ahorrar dinero sin perjudicar la seguridad de nuestros hijos o el acceso a la educación.

Dirección: Committee Room – 250 Broadway, 16 piso, frente al alcaldia

Enviar por correo electrónico donde el testimonio escrito puede presentarse: jatwell@council.nyc.gov; y puede enviar con cc al nuestro pistnyc@gmail.com

 

Viernes 8 de febrero:  15:00 -17:00pm

Piquete para Seguridad y los Derechos Educativos,
en el edificio NYCDOE Tweed, 52 Chambers St, Manhattan. Bronx

DEBIDO A LA NIEVE, NO VAMOS A LLEVAR NUESTROS HIJOS HOY

Trenes 4, 5, 6 a Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall;
A, C, E, J, Z a Chambers Street
R a City Hall (Alcalde).

Confirme los detalles llamando al teléfono PIST a partir del jueves 8 pm: 347-504-3310

Domingo 10 de febrero: 12:30-6:00pm

El movimiento sindical está movilizando para apoyar a los conductores de autobuses escolares y matronas en huelga. PIST apoya este evento. Ver folleto adjunto.)

Reunión en Cadman Plaza: Tillary St. en Brooklyn desde las 12:30-01:00

Marchando por el puente de Brooklyn al parquet de la Alcaldia.

Programa: 3-6 pm

 

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Feb. 2 2013: details of Saturday's caravan for School bus Safety & Justice/detalles de la caravana del sabado

Please join us at either of the points described below.  We scaled back from all 5 boroughs since the picket lines generally take the weekend off.

See attached for flyers to forward and post (English flyer tells Manhattan and Bronx starting points; Spanish flyer tells Bronx starting point only due to lack of space, sorry, rush job!!!)

After tomorrow we will send links to bus crisis coverage from United Federation of Teachers, what the City Council is doing to demand EPP, and more.  

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Contingente de Boston del sindicato de choferes de autobuses escolares llega a la calle 23 y la Avenida Madison a las 10:00 a.m.

Despues de la recepcion, se decoraran los vehiculos con afiches y pancartas.

 

La mayoría de los vehiculos saldran del area por las 12 horas, en la avenida Madison,

rodeando el bloque donde vive Bloomberg (en la calle 72),

y continuando para arriba en Madison (que pasa el parque Marcus Garvey), cruzando el puente en Madison y 138.

 

La caravana sera saludado en 138 St. Bronx por Mujeres Trabajadores por la Paz, que luego se montan en los vehiculos,

y procederan a las líneas de piquete de ATU 1181 en Avenida Zerega que estaran alla hasta las 4 pm

                  (1) Pioneer Transporte

                        751 Avenida Zerega

                        Bronx, NY 10473

                  (2) Transporte Reliant

                         1101 Avenida Zerega

                         Bronx, NY 10462

 

 

Una delegación de la caravana solidaria se quedara en el centro por la parte inicial de una reunion en la sed de 32BJ SEIU en 25 W 18 St. (con una película sobre la huelga de trabajadores de sanitacion de 1968 en Memphis apoyado por el Dr. King) y luego juntarse con el grupo en el Bronx.

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Boston school bus drivers' union contingent gets into 23rd St. and Madison Ave. at 10:00 a.m.


People greet them, decorate cars with signs they are bringing and our own local signs.

Most vans and cars leave the area by 12 noon, up Madison, 
around and around Bloomberg's block, 
continue up Madison (passes Marcus Garvey park), cross the bridge, 

greeted on 138 St. Bronx by Mujeres Trabajadores por la Paz who will then mount cars,
proceed to ATU 1181 picket lines on Zerega Ave.which are there until 4 p.m.

                 (1)  Pioneer Transportation

                       751 Zerega Avenue

                       Bronx, NY  10473

                 (2)  Reliant Transportation

                        1101 Zerega Avenue

                        Bronx, NY  10462     



A delegation from the solidarity caravan will stay downtown for the beginning portion of an indoor gathering that is happening at SEIU 32 BJ hall at 25 W 18 St. (featuring a film about the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike that Dr. King supported) and then catch up with the group in the Bronx.

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Estimados Padres, Defensores y Activistas,

Como ya saben, el alcalde aún no ha acordado re-abrir petición de contratos a las compañias de autobuses escolares para que legalmente se pueda incluir la Provisión de Protección de los Empleados en las propuestas de contrato para las rutas 2013-2017, y por eso los miembros del Sindicato “Amalgamated Transit Union L. 1181” se fueron a la huelga.  

Las familias de los estudiantes que viajan en los autobuses escolares necesitan apoyo mutuo para enfrentar tres asuntos:

1.  Problemas que enfrentan con el plan de la ciudad de ‘transporte alternativo' 

2.  Como llevar a nuestros niños/as a la escuela y de regreso durante la huelga y como cumplir con las  instrucciones (estudios) y terapias obligatorias

3.  Como apoyar a los choferes y sus asistentes en huelga para que puedan llegar a una resolución rapida que beneficie a largo plazo la seguridad y la educación de los estudiantes neoyorquinos con y sin discapacidades

Padres par Mejorar el Transporte Escolar les invita a un intercambio de ideas y a participar en la labor: 

Reunión sobre ESTRATEGIA a Nivel de CIUDAD
Sábado 19 de enero, 2013
12 medio día a no más de las 3:00 de la tarde

en sindicato Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061
101-49 Woodhaven Boulevard
Ozone Park, Queens, NY 11416
El edificio tiene estacionamiento, elevador y baños accesibles
Cerca tren  A en la parada Rockaway Blvd. –que tiene escalera muy larga

Esto no es un evento para los medios de comunicación o manifestación política.  ¡Esta es una reunión de trabajo!  Venga con energia, información y listo para prestar sus conocimientos.
Se invita a los niños/as a crear dibujos y arte sobre los autobuses escolares y la huelga para enviar a los piquetes.


RSVP:  pistnyc@gmail.com, 347-504-3310 (se habla espanol)
Para los que quieran hacer algo ahora mismo, ustedes pueden
:

a) firme y circule la petición en aflcio.org/safety1st
b) comente en facebook y twitter de la NYCDOE, el alcalde Bloomberg, etc.
c) visite cualquiera de los garages donde están los piquetes 24 horas del día, vea http://nysaflcio.org/strike-supportpicket-locations/



Family members of bus-riding students need mutual support to address three concerns:

1.  Problems people are experiencing with the city's 'alternative transportation plan'

2.  How to get our children to school and back during this strike, or get their mandated instruction and therapies by other means

3.  How to help the drivers and matrons bring the strike to a speedy resolution that benefits the long term safety and education of NYC students with and without disabilities.  In other words, how to get Employee Protection back into the bids!


Parents to Improve School Transportation invites all who are willing to exchange ideas and take on some of this work to a:

CITYWIDE STRATEGY MEETING
Saturday January 19, 2013
12 noon to no later than 3:00 pm

at Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061
101-49 Woodhaven Boulevard
Ozone Park, Queens, NY 11416
Building has parking, elevator and accessible restrooms
Near A train Rockaway Blvd. stop--which has long staircase

This is not a media event or a political rally.  This is a working meeting!  Bring your skills, information and energy.  Children are invited to create artwork about the school bus, to send to the picket lines.


RSVP:  pistnyc@gmail.com, 347-504-3310 (se habla espanol)

For those who want to do something right this second, you can:

a) sign and share the petition at aflcio.org/safety1st
b) comment on the facebooks and twitters of the NYCDOE, Mayor Bloomberg, the media, etc.
c) visit any of the bus garages where pickets are happening 24 hours a day, see http://nysaflcio.org/strike-supportpicket-locations/                                                                       d) translate this message to another language

Next step in bidding our kids' buses for next year is Thurs. Jan 3 at 1:00 p.m. at 30-30 Thomson Ave, LIC (next door to OPT!).

A tricky time for parents who have to meet the bus.  See:

http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DCP/Vendor/RFB/Default.htm


***The From Day One Coalition will be having a press conference at the Tweed Courthouse on Sunday, December 23, at 2:00 PM, in which several elected officials will be in attendance. 

The issue:  “Mayor Bloomberg intends to propose a Request for Bid (RFB) without the Employee Protection Provision/Mollen Agreement. This is the agreement that ensures that trained and experienced drivers and matrons are the ones serving our children during their travel to and from school.”                                                                            

Another event about safety for children follows in the same general area.  We received this from Transit Worker leaders:

Come out and join TWU Local 100, Transit Forward, labor unions, community organizations, and Senator Adams for a public response to the horrific killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School and call for gun control reform NOW! 

WHAT: Hands Across the Brooklyn Bridge

WHEN: Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

WHERE: BROOKLYN—meet at 4:15PM at Cadman Plaza Park; MANHATTAN—meet at 4:15PM at the foot of the Bridge near City Hall


Parent council for citywide special education programs is still dealing with busing in December. 
So much for 'glitches in the first 2 weeks of school'!!!
Please post on Facebook and send to lists. 

POR ABAJO SE ENCUENTRA LA DIRECCION DE UNA REUNION EN EL BRONX
QUE TRATA DE PROBLEMAS DE LOS AUTOBUSES DE LOS ALUMNOS
EL MIERCOLES 19 DE DIC. A LAS 6:30 DE LA TARDE
TRADUCCION DISPONIBLE
 


Long School Bus routes that harm children and disrespect educational rights* are

SCARY!

Join a Halloween Protest w/Parents to Improve School Transportation

WEDS. OCTOBER 31, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

At: Office of Pupil Transportation (aka HOUSE OF HORRORS)  44-36 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, 11101

*NYS law:  “Special education means specially designed individualized or group instruction or special services or programs…and special transportation, provided at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.”

Children/costumes welcome    pistnyc@gmail.com  347-504-3310 (se habla español)


 

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

First ever all-parent press conference to denounce all school bus problems created by the DOE's approach to Pupil Transportation!


 

Tweed Courthouse, DOE headquarters

52 Chambers Street at 11:00 am

If you have facebook, check PIST NYC or New York City Parents Fed up with Transportation Troubles or Day One Coalition for the official flyer.

If you have twitter, check @pistnyc

To meet with other PIST members before it begins, call 347-504-3310 on the weekend of Sep 15-16 or that morning.


***under construction Dec 2011- Sep 2012***


Thurs. Dec. 15, 2011

Contract Rally by Transit Workers’ Union L. 100

4PM, at 2 Broadway in Lower Manhattan

They are in negotiations with the MTA for decent working and riding conditions for all (contract expires Jan 15, 2012).


Weds. Dec. 14, 2011

Mayor’s Panel for Educational Policy will vote on closing many schools citywide.  There is a major mobilizing effort by education activists to intervene.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time: 6:00pm

Where: Newtown HS

Address: 48-01 90th Street,

Queens, NY 11374.


School Bus Safety contingent

March for Jobs and Economic Justice

Thursday Dec. 1, 2011

Herald Square to Union Square

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Next Citywide Council on Special Education Calendar Meeting/Topic:

Thursday, October 20, 2011,

6-8PM,

Location: P324X – Bronx Early College Academy,

164 Morris Ave., 10452-6201, Bronx, NY,

Topic: Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT)

 


 


Fulton Houses Tenant Association presents:
School Bus Rights for All Children Now!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

7:00 p.m.

Hudson Guild Fulton Center

119 9th Avenue between 17th & 18th Streets


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Parents to Improve School Transportation Meeting

Community Room @ 328 W 28th St. btwn. 8th & 9th Av.
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Download flyer: English | Spanish

Read press release

 

 

 


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Public Meeting
Office of Pupil Transportation Executive Director spoke at the Citywide Council on Special Education at Norman Thomas High School.
Read a summary »
Watch video »
Read an article »

1) This coming Saturday morning, March 18, PIST NYC and Comite Timon/NY Chapter are co-sponsoring an organizing workshop at Hostos College titled WE WILL DEFEND SPECIAL EDUCATION & BUSING RIGHTS.  
Everything will be in both English and Spanish.
Date: Sat. March 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Place: 500 Grand Concourse near 149th Street, room B-503
Transportation: Check mta.info for status of 2, 4, 5 trains to 149 & Grand Concourse. Allow extra time for weekend travel. 
Childcare: in a nearby room (RSVP cancel.milagros67@gmail.com)
Food:  there will be home cooked lunch right after the program.
 
Please see & share attached flyer, also at 
https://www.facebook.com/pistnyc/photos/a.122497064495469.26112.105624649516044/1233613483383816/?type=3&theater
 
 
2) Also on March 18, for those who cannot be in the Bronx early we encourage you to check out Special Education Strategy Forum sponsored by Movement of Rank-and-File Educators from 1-4 pm at CUNY Grad Center on 5th avenue near 34th St., Manhattan.
 
 
3)  The following Saturday, March 25th, PIST is invited to do outreach at the Brooklyn Summer Camp Fair, 352 Classon Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Please reply if you can help with that.  
Flyer: http://www.uft.org/files/attachments/secure/summer-camp-fair-brooklyn-march-2017.pdf
 
 
4)  Also in Bklyn on Tuesday March 28, 10am-12pm: The Rights of Immigrant Students in NYC Public Schools, with presenter from Advocates for Children of New York. 

Inclusive Services, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Spanish and Arabic interpretation provided.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/BKLYNinclusive/photos/rpp.509984279018283/1611433002206733/?type=3&theater
 
Organizing update:  We thank the Alliance for Quality Education NY for having us speak at the 3/4/17 March for Education Justice,  and the International Working Women´s Day Coalition for having us speak at the 3/11/17 Women in Rebellion round table.
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