Monday, January 28, 2013

Ask The Expert: School Bus Strike

On this last week in January, we are going to start a new tradition where we'll do an "Ask the Expert" series with Human Resource questions that will be answered by Astron Solutions' National Director, Jennifer Loftus. Jennifer has so many abbreviations after her name (MBA, SPHR-CA, GPHR, CCP, CBP, GRP) that I believe she qualifies as an expert in this field (and many others as well). Feel free to submit any HR questions that you have and I'll zip it over to Jennifer to see if we can get it answered for you. So without further ado, here is the first post:

Question (after reading the last Astronology), Cassandra said:

It made me reflect back on this whole school bus strike happening out in Staten Island. How are they able to strike? Because they are unionized?

Answer from Jennifer:

Yes, the school bus drivers are striking because they are part of a union / collective bargaining agreement. Although such rights are afforded to all employees under Section 7 of the NLRA, it’s generally only unionized employees who will take a strike action.

If what the City says is true, that the bus drivers are asking for a contract clause that is illegal, it seems odd to me that they are trying to get that changed through a strike, rather than working with their legislators.

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