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February 14, 2013
Bloomberg: NYC school bus strike is 'lost cause;' union urges him to negotiate
Source: Staten Island Press
By: Ken Paulson

Mayor Michael Bloomberg struck a raw nerve with his statement Thursday that the ongoing school bus strike is a "lost cause."

The president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, representing the striking workers, blasted Bloomberg over the remark.

"Mayor Bloomberg's callous description of Local 1181's strike as a 'lost cause' is only further evidence of the mayor's refusal to face reality, and accept his role in ending this dispute," said ATU president Michael Cordiello. "We do not believe that fighting for experienced and safe drivers and matrons for our city's schoolchildren is a 'lost cause.' Nor do we believe that fighting for those working professionals who are already living at or below the poverty level is a 'lost cause.'"

The union again asked the mayor to postpone the bidding process that's at the heart of the labor dispute, and come to the bargaining table. Bloomberg has repeatedly rejected the union's overtures to negotiate.

Bloomberg made the statement while delivering his 2013 State of the City address. In his remarks, he said he took on the issue because it was the right thing to do, and the right time to do it. He urged the union to "stop hurting our children and their members."

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