Nash Drivers Opt to Work
Posted October 1, 1997
NASHVILLE — Hundreds of parents were relived that their children made it home Wednesday afternoon. Half the school bus drivers at a Nash County school had planned to walk off the job again, but changed their minds.
Parent Patricia Vick says she would rather be just about anywhere else than her daughter's school, but after hearing that half the bus drivers at Nash Central Junior High weren't going to work today, she made the trip herself.
After not showing up Wednesday morning, all seven drivers returned to work in the afternoon. They said they still don't like the new hourly wage the school board voted in, but they will settle their complaints on the job. School Transportation Director Don McCurley says they'll find a way to work things out.
Drivers say they prefer the previous plan under which they were paid per mile. Now they receive an hourly wage. Driver Tonya Brodie says they are asking parents to understand their plight.
The Nash County school system says it will not penalize drivers who missed work, but that it had been prepared to fire anyone who left students stranded again.
Each Nash County driver has until October 12 to present his or her case. Some drivers say they will quit if they aren't satisfied.