Sunday, February 17, 2013

Carin van der Donk speaks out for ATU workers

Parents Ride Shotgun For Striking Bus Drivers

To the chagrin of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most powerful voices speaking out in support of striking ATU workers on February 10, belonged to disgusted parents of New York City public school kids who blame the three-term executive - and not the union - for stranding their children at the curb.  “We know what this is about,” Community Education Council District 3 member Noah Gotbaum said. “This is not about kids. This is about union busting. This is about denigrating working people.”

Gotbaum assured striking school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics that “the parents are with you,” and chastised the mayor for raking in billions while “coming after” workers earning less than $40K.

“It is so wrong what is going on,” Gotbaum said. “Don’t tell me that you have to balance the budget on the backs of drivers and matrons. That doesn’t work. Take it out of the profits of the companies, take it out of the profits for the consultants, take it out of the charters schools that are increasing our costs.”

......Outspoken mom Carin van der Donk expressed similar concerns.

“My son receives door-to-door bussing every day,” van der Donk said. “He’s on the bus every day for three hours at a minimum. And I want you guys, the people that see my child every morning and work with him day in and day out, to be treated with dignity and have job security. Otherwise, how can I expect you guys to treat my child with the respect that he deserves?”

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by By Joe Maniscalco

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val said...

Go get 'em, gil!

Tess said...

On a school bus for 3 hours everyday! That would Not be fun....

Sandy said...

Yeah, I thought it was bad when I had to ride for 40 minutes! That is terrible, really.

Leigh said...

What is a matron? Do they ride the buses?

thereel said...

They do ride the bus. I found this description - 'Matrons are typically trained in first aid needs and in addressing special needs children, training that drivers do not receive.'

Here is an article on matrons.

Leigh said...

Thank-you so much, that was really interesting.

thereel said...

You're welcome. I thought so too.

InsubordinationFreak said...

Love her, and people who care about broader issue. My colleagues and I are having problems with my employer right now. I'm glad I'm in the union.

sixtwosue said...

One of my favorite "catches" in my job is the misspelling of busing when it's meant in the transportation sense. That publication could use me. Of course, if I were Carin, I'd be spending a lot of time bussing at home, if you follow. :-)

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