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More than 100 drivers - discussing unionization - continued their work/organizing on Monday night at New Cannery Church.
JPS Schedules Tuesday Meeting with Striking Bus Drivers
Monday, December 9, 2013 10:25 PM EST
Monday, January 6, 2014 11:31 PM EST
By Jacob Kittilstad -
100+ striking Jackson Public School bus drivers are scheduled to meet with Supt. Dr. Cedrick Gray on Tuesday morning.
Janice Brown, a spokesperson for the bus drivers, said she hopes to reach a resolution with JPS Tuesday morning.
Tuesday morning will be the first time Superintendent Cedrick Gray has met directly with bus drivers since the strike started.
Striking bus drivers at JPS are calling for higher wages and more discretion in disciplining children.
Bus drivers are calling for the creation of a union at Jackson Public Schools. They have been using New Caney Creek Church as a place to organize.
Bus drivers for Jackson Public Schools (JPS) plan to have their first meeting with the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cedrick Gray on Tuesday morning.
That's as the JPS transportation strike enters its fifth morning. The discussion with the superintendent is scheduled for 10:45 a.m.
More than 100 drivers - discussing unionization - continued their work/organizing on Monday night at New Caney Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Click here to watch WJTV's last related story: JPS Officials Leave Questions Unanswered
Spokesperson for the drivers, Janice Brown, said they invited parents who are supportive of the strike to speak about the push for higher salaries and better working conditions.
But other parents have expressed their frustrations about the transportation situation. JPS has not released information about how many students have been affected.
"We're hopeful and we're looking forward to the meeting with the superintendent tomorrow. And we're very prayerful that we will have a resolution after the meetings," Brown said.
The strike is planned to Tuesday morning. More than a third of district drivers are participating, Brown said.
Bus driving at JPS is a part time job and currently drivers make just over $40 a day on average.
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