Frustrated DC school bus drivers are cautiously optimistic after management acknowledged their concerns and agreed to hold a town hall on Tuesday. Management’s move came after the bus drivers and attendants -- members of AFSCME Local 1959 -- planned a big rally in front of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) last week. “The threat of the rally made a big impact,” Local 1959 president Corey Upchurch said. The rally was called off after management agreed to meet. “Our members are very excited to attend the town hall meeting and express our concerns.” Those concerns include low morale, pay, safety, respect, and under-staffing, says Upchurch. OSSE management last Wednesday sent the union a letter formally acknowledging “our commitment to improving work conditions and concerns of our school bus drivers and attendants” as well as promising to host the town hall. “Now we have a seat at the table and a commitment in writing,” said Upchurch.
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