Update Nov 17 2013 including new bids, Boston & PSAs

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1- Bad rich men still claim it's good to take work from experienced working people and shortchange our children in the process.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/nyregion/new-york-city-putting-bus-routes-out-for-bid.html

 

And here are details from http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DCP/Vendor/RFB/Default.htm

  • NEW! November 26, 2013 BID OPENING Summer Transportation Services for Students with Disabilities and Their Non-Disabled Peers (effective 7/1/14)

11:00 A.M at School Construction Authority 30-30 Thomson Avenue Long Island City New York, 11101
5th floor conference rooms

 

December 5, 2013 @ 1:00PM School Construction Authority 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101, 5th floor conference rooms

Pre-Bid Conference on upcoming May bids for approximately 4,000 vehicles…service will begin for the 2015-2016 school year on or about September 1, 2015

 

Quote:   DOE intends to construct routes to be performed under this (and other) contract(s) based on a wide variety of students being transported on each vehicle. Accordingly, it is anticipated that any vehicle under this contract might transport any combination of students (students with disabilities whose Educational Programs may or may not designate specific transportation requirements as well as non-disabled students).

 

àStay tuned in case of a protest by parents and laid-off professional school bus workers at either of these events.

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2- Much respect to Miz Kp for thoughtful proposal on busing and other special education needs: http://sailingautisticseas.com/dear-mayor-elect-bill-deblasio/

Quote:  The Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) is a mess. 

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3- Boston – On 11/13, parents and education activists held an exchange with the school bus union leaders accused of having a ‘wildcat strike’ last month, which they insist was actually a lockout. 

This Thursday the Boston City Council holds hearings to determine whether the bus company, Veolia (or as our PIST cartoonist says, VeoLIARS) is guilty of breach of contract.   Is this worldwide conglomerate skipping little details like paying drivers for their time, hearing grievances about route problems, fixing broken radios?

Regarding the rally PIST members attended on 11/9 in Boston, in the caravan sponsored by ATU 1181 from NYC, Here are a very short video… http://video.bostonherald.com/Bus-Protest-25342052?freewheel=90017&sitesection=bostonherald&VID=25342052

…A few photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.705373276140867.1073741845.300080180003514&type=1

…And the flyer we gave out to Boston parents. http://www.pistnyc.org/message-to-boston-parents-from-nyc-school-bus-parents.aspx

Thank you to the organizers on this end, especially Robin, Maria, and let’s not forget Linda A.! 

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4-Congratulations to Center for Independence of the Disabled for progress in this court case, to be continued 12/3/13
http://www.ny1.com/content/news/197541/judge-rules-city-fails-to-meet-needs-of-disabled-during-emergencies

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Thank you to Muevete Youth Conference and Workers World Disability Caucus for allowing PIST members to share info at your events on 11/16/13. 

Thank you again to Sinergia and JCC-Manhattan for taking up the legal rights of school bus riders on 11/12 and 11/13 respectively, and to all who participated.

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