Charleston Co. bus drivers approve contract with Durham

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County School District has been notified bus drivers voted Saturday to approve their contract with Durham School Services, according to Superintendent Dr. Nancy J. McGinley.

Teamsters Union, representing the bus drivers, and Durham School Services have been locked in contract negotiations dating back to July.

The two sides had been going back-and-forth over driver wages and benefits, among other items.

The drivers threatened to strike if contract demands were not met, but opted to continue working throughout negotiations.

"I applaud the leadership and our drivers for resolving this situation without a work stoppage," said McGinley.

Terms of the bus drivers' new contract have not yet been released.

McGinley said buses will operate as normal on Monday as the threat of a looming strike is over.

"Thank you to our principals, teachers and staff; our Incident Command Team; and thank you especially to parents and community members," said the superintendent. "I truly appreciate the patience exhibited by everyone as we waited in anticipation of this outcome."

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