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Striking bus drivers speak to a police officer
[Laval Wilson talks and the school bus drivers' strike]
Original Airdate: 1/2/1986

Length: 00:20:24
Item Type: newstape - original footage

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Description : Abstract
A group of school bus drivers stand in the lobby of a building. They protest as police officers tell them to leave the building. One of the bus drivers demands to be let into a press conference to be given by Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools). The bus driver negotiates with school officials, who decide to let him attend the press conference. The bus driver promises not to be disruptive. Wilson speaks at the press conference. Wilson says that school attendance was low because of a strike by school bus drivers. Wilson refers to a chart with school attendance figures. Wilson talks about the bus drivers' strike. He says that an agreement cannot be reached until the drivers rescind their outrageous economic demands. Wilson describes these economic demands. Wilson adds that the union members do not support the strike. He demands the union leaders to let the membership vote on the proposed contract by secret ballot. Wilson answers questions from the media about the strike. Wilson says that the Boston School Department will not hire substitutes to drive the buses. Wilson notes that the School Department cannot afford the economic demands of the bus drivers. He reviews the estimated costs of the bus drivers' demands. Wilson says that he is willing to negotiate with the drivers, but that he will not give into their economic demands. Wilson accuses the union leadership of introducing the demands after negotiations were already in progress. Wilson notes that school attendance may be down because it is the first day back after winter vacation.

Contributor : Reporter
Meg Vaillancourt
Format : Tape 4254   Barcode   
3/4" cassette 102121 
VHS cassette 103381 
Betacam cassette 103400 
digital betacam cassette 103392 

Subject : Keywords
Bus drivers
School management and organization
School superintendents

Subject : Personal Names
Vaillancourt, Meg
Wilson, Dr. Laval

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston School Department

Type : Genre
News - Unedited

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