Westborough bus drivers to vote on union representation, says NRT

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Westborough bus drivers to vote on union representation, says NRT
A school bus sits in near Solomon Pond mall. Teamsters Local 170’s strike in Marlborough has ended. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH/MARLBOROUGH – With the school bus drivers’ strike over in Marlborough, the focus now shifts to drivers working for Westborough Public Schools.

While drivers in Marlborough staged a strike that lasted three days, drivers for Westborough remained on the job.

According to a statement issued by NRT Bus on Thursday, May 11, “Both sides have agreed to allow the Westborough drivers to vote on whether or not they wish to continue having union representation. Until then, the parties agreed to pause all contract negotiations for the Westborough drivers, and the union agreed not to strike. The NRT team will continue to focus on their number-one priority: transporting children to and from school safely every day.”

Westborough Public Schools Superintendent Amber Bock had no comment.

An agreement was reached for the Marlborough bus drivers late on Wednesday, May 10.

“Congrats to these workers for holding out for a fair and equitable contract. Strong work by the Local 170 negotiating team and all members,” said James Marks, secretary for the Teamsters local.

“I want to thank the mayor of Marlborough, the School Committee and the Marlborough school administration, as well as their staffs and constituents, for their patience and support during this challenging and stressful period,” said Tim Sheehan, senior vice president of operations for New England.

Sheehan also expressed his appreciation for the work of the RMV, Department of Transportation and the Department of Education for their efforts and support both in helping to bring the strike in Marlborough to an end; and in aiding in the development and implementation of NRT’s contingency plans during the strike.

Marlborough Public Schools Superintendent Mary Murphy said, “I am thankful that the strike is settled. I know the students and families have missed their bus drivers and are happy to see them today.”

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