YONKERS, NY – February 29, 2012 – As threats of a transit worker strike loom over commuters, Mayor Mike Spano yesterday called on Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to intervene with on-going contract negotiations between Transit Workers Union Local 100 and Liberty Lines, the private bus company which operates the County’s bus network. Mayor Spano and Yonkers Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio sent a letter* to Astorino expressing their concern and urging immediate action to help prevent a massive strike from taking effect.
“Thousands of Yonkers high school students utilize Student MetroCards offered by the Yonkers Public School District,” said Mayor Spano. “A strike would greatly inhibit the ability of those students who rely on Bee-Line bus service for transportation to attend school.”
The drivers and mechanics of the County’s bus system voted Sunday to allow negotiators to call a strike if talks with Liberty Lines don’t improve by the time their contract expires on Wednesday. As the expiring contract now enters its final hours, Mayor Spano says immediate action must be taken to help facilitate progress.
Mayor Spano said, “Due to the significant impact this dispute could have on our students, as well as many other residents who rely on the County’s public transportation system, I urged the County Executive to steadily work to bring both parties to the table to work out a fair and timely agreement before their midnight deadline for a potential strike becomes a reality.”
Download the letter addressing County Executive Rob Astorino by Yonkers Mayor Spano-022812-Bee-Line Bus