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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Teamsters Local 509, the union representing many of the bus drivers employed by Durham School Services, have issued a statement following a news conference held by a company spokesman on Wednesday.
The statement reads:
Durham School Services initially told us they did not want to
negotiate this contract through the media. We have honored their request
despite the fact that they have not done the same. We are not on
strike. We have been in bargaining this week. We will be in bargaining
again tomorrow. We still hope to reach an agreement with the company
that improves safety and provides the drivers and monitors with dignity
and respect. We will keep everyone posted after bargaining concludes.
Earlier Wednesday John Elliott, a spokesman for the company,provided an update on the current state of negotiations.
Elliott said 15 negotiation sessions had been held with Teamsters, dating back to last July, though compensation demands only came 45 days ago. Sessions are continuing through this Thursday and will resume next week as well.
Elliot said Durham is willing to offer drivers for the Charleston County School District a .45-cent wage increase per hour, which is a 3% raise. Elliott said Teamsters, who originally requested an 8% raise for drivers, are now asking for an extra $1 wage-per-hour increase for its drivers.
"We think .45 cents is a reasonable offer," Elliott said. He also pointed out these negotiations only apply to Charleston County School District drivers.
Elliott apologized to students' parents for the uncertainty, and said while Durham was working intently with the school board on a contingency plan in case a strike happens, it was a certainty all routes would not be covered.
Elliott stressed that if a strike were to occur, it was because of the union.
He also said the company was making an offer to Beaufort County drivers "comparable" to those in Charleston County. Negotiations in Beaufort County are set to resume Thursday.
The situation in Dorchester District 2 is not as far along, as Elliott said Durham just received financial demands from the union for those drivers.
Elliott said Durham, which has never been in this situation before, believes an agreement in all districts was important.
Meanwhile, the Charleston County School District issued another statement Wednesday afternoon announcing they have not been notified of an impending strike.
Saturday, August 30 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:53:44 GMT
The Cleveland Browns cut former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, nationalfootballpost.com is reporting. Shaw was a Gamecock standout who lead the team as a starter, including a perfect 17-0 recordMore >>
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)-Myrtle Beach Police showcased their newest piece of equipment at Friday night's Beach, Boogie, and BBQ festival. They say it's going to keep people safe in big crowds that wouldMore >>
Myrtle Beach Police showcased their newest piece of equipment at Friday night's Beach, Boogie, and BBQ festival.More >>
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A Jasper County hunting preserve is paying $250,000 in restitution after three of its employees pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing hawks and owls to improve quail hunting on the property. More >>
A Jasper County hunting preserve is paying $250,000 in restitution after three of its employees pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing hawks and owls to improve quail hunting on the property.