GCS bus driver walkout

WFMY reports Guilford County Schools bus drivers plan a walkout next week to protest low pay:

Guilford County Schools’ (GCS) bus drivers say they’ve been fighting for pay raises for too long. Joshua Graham has been a GCS bus driver for six years.

“Besides pay I enjoy my job and I love coming here every day I love the students.”

Graham says at least 150 bus drivers are participating in a walkout as a last resort, to get results.

“It’s something I really wish we didn’t have to do I really do, we want to avoid this but you shouldn’t have to fight for what you deserve,” Graham said.

He said the walkout will take place Monday the 25th, and Tuesday the 26th. It’s been organized on social media. Instead of their normal runs, those 150 drivers will stand outside of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners with signs, demanding more money.

My gut reaction is bus drivers will be picketing outside the wrong building—they should be picketing outside the GCS administrative building on Eugene Street, because it is ultimately the school board and Superintendent Sharon Contreras who allocate local funding. Surely they can reallocate from some other want need to ensure “our children” to school safely?

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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