A group of nearly 150 drivers and technicians providing roughly half the yellow bus service for the Seattle School District (SSD) now sit at the precipice of a work stoppage, after workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike over the weekend. Yellow bus service for SSD had previously been exclusively provided by First Student, until the end of the 2022 school year when SSD chose to award roughly half the work to California-based Zūm. Zūm’s group of newly-hired employees quickly organized with Teamsters Local 174, which already represented workers at First Student, and negotiations for a first contract have been ongoing. Progress has been slow, and with the end of the school year rapidly approaching, workers used this strike vote to make clear to Zūm that they were tired of working without a contract.

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