Unauthorized strike strands schoolkids

Some St. Louis city school bus drivers have walked off the job this morning in an unauthorized strike, leaving hundreds of children without transportation to school.

Scores of drivers are picketing near Laidlaw Transit headquarters in the 5300 block of Hall Street in St. Louis. Drivers at the scene apologized to the children but cited the need for better pay and benefits, according to broadcast reports.

The contract for drivers expired yesterday, but the union agreed to a 90-day extension, according to Fox 2 News. Those participating in the strike could lose their jobs.


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