Charleston Co. school bus drivers to vote on new contract

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC/AP) - Unionized school bus drivers in Charleston County are set to vote on a new contract this weekend, and if the vote fails, union officials say a strike will begin Monday.

Teamsters Local 509 President L.D. Fletcher said drivers will vote Saturday whether to approve a new contract with Durham School Services, the private company which provides transportation for school districts in Beaufort, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.

The Durham employees had been working without a contract since last summer.

On Wednesday, unionized drivers in Dorchester and Beaufort counties voted to approve their newly-negotiated contracts with the company. The deal for Beaufort drivers is reported to last five years, while details on the DD2 contract have not been made public.

Last month, drivers and monitors in all three districts voted to authorize strikes if contract negotiations were unsuccessful.

Charleston school officials say they have not received any official communication from Durham School Services or the union.

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