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Nash County Bus Drivers Fail To Report to Work

Posted September 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Wake County's school bus woes may have started a chain reaction. Some drivers in Nash County didn't show up Tuesday afternoon.

As in Wake County, students and parents took the brunt of it having having to scramble for transportation.

Students at Nash Central Junior High School did manage to get rides home Tuesday, but just after school let out, there were hundreds of stranded students on school grounds. The scene at nearby W.L. Green Middle School was much the same after bus drivers walked out Tuesday afternoon.

One driver said they were offered a new contract that changed the way drivers were to be paid. They had been paid by the mile. The new contract was structured to pay drivers by the hour. The driver told WRAL-TV5's Bret Baier that meant they would be paid less for doing the same job.

Unlike Wake County school administrators, those in Nash County had no warning the strike was coming.

Nash County Director of Transportation, Don McClurley, said about 600 students were affected by Tuesday's walkout.

Twelve drivers failed to show up and, according to McClurley never told school officials that they wouldn't or why they wouldn't.

Parent Diane Savage says she was very angry about the way the striking drivers handled the situation.

McClurley says Nash County will find a way to cope, and will get students to school.

The driver who spoke with Baier said the striking drivers would not be driving their buses Wednesday morning if they do not get a deal they like Tuesday night.

Wake County's dispute stemmed from an acute shortage of drivers, which led to a series of occurrences. Nash County also has a shortage of drivers, but it is not as serious as Wake's.

Photographer:Lori Foushee