School bus drivers to speak out on Durham working conditions

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - School bus drivers from multiple school districts across the Lowcountry will come together on Tuesday to speak out about concerns regarding Durham School Services.

A press conference regarding school bus safety, service and working conditions at Durham School Services will take place Tuesday, April 16 at 5:45 at Embassy Suites in North Charleston. School bus drivers from Charleston, Beaufort and Summerville's Dorchester District 2 are expected to be in attendance along with representatives from international trade unions.

After the press conference, the drivers will then testify at a forum about workplace safety and service issues involving the safe transportation of students.

Also scheduled to be in attendance is South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard.

Durham, the second-larges school bus company in the United States, contracts with three South Carolina school districts.

The bus service recently squared off with the school bus driver's union in heated contract negotiations. The union threatened to strike if a new deal consisting of better wages and working conditions was not finalized.

Bus drivers in all three school districts eventually approved a new contract, avoiding a potential strike.