Striking school bus drivers in Boston return to work


BOSTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - School bus drivers in Bostonreturned to work on Wednesday after a one-day wildcat strikethat drew criticism from both Mayor Thomas Menino and thedrivers' own union.

The Boston Public Schools confirmed that service had resumedbut warned it was not yet clear whether service would continueinto the afternoon, after a morning meeting between the union,management and the mayor.

Some 30,000 children who attend public and private schoolsand their parents were left scrambling to come up with alternateways of getting to school when some 700 drivers represented bythe United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 walked off thejob.

The drivers had walked out over a dispute on work conditionswith Veolia Transportation Services, the company that holds thebussing concession.

Veolia Transportation is a unit of France's VeoliaEnvironnement.

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