School bus drivers in Seattle on strike, say it will 'last until deal is reached'

SEATTLE -- School bus drivers at First Student in Seattle went on strike Thursday morning.

The strike by the group of 400 First Student school bus drivers impacted all yellow bus service to the Seattle School District, and "will last until a deal is reached with First Student," the Teamsters Local Union 174 said.

“This company has had every opportunity to do right by these drivers, and yet over and over again they have chosen the opposite approach,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “These drivers are fighting a righteous battle for things many of us in Seattle take for granted: the right to get medical care for their families, and the right to retire with dignity. This is a fight they deserve to win.”