Richmond County bus drivers threaten sit-in

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden plans to do everything he can to make sure union bus drivers are in the driver's seats on the first day of school.

"It's my job to make sure the bus is running to take our children to school," says Bedden.

It's an issue that hits close to home with students who ride the bus, like Jamel Smiley.

"To me, it'll be a problem because that means my mom will have to take me to school everyday," says Smiley.

Union drivers are threatening to hold a sit-in on the first day of school. They are upset about working conditions and making claims of discrimination and harassment.

Dr. Bedden says parents don't need to worry.

"The buses will be running from my conversation with the leadership," says Bedden.

Union leader Sallie Thomas refused to talk on camera. But made this statement on the phone,

"We don't know why the previous superintendent didn't want to deal with our issues. Hopefully, this one will."

Bedden says he's not motivated by ultimatums, but he will listen to the driver's concerns.

"If there's some validity to the issues that they raise we'll try to address them and get them corrected."


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  • by Mary Location: Augusta on Aug 7, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    Alisha, having buses is a privilege. It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that your child gets to school. Are you going to tell me that if no bus where available, you wouldn't take your child to school? You rant and rave about how important your child's future is...I'd be shocked if you refused your child an education because you say "gas ain't cheap". Do you drive to the grocery store for food? You are saying you would rather make someone else responsible for getting your child to school than yourself. The bus drivers have rights too. They only want what's best for the safety of the children. I think you could use some education yourself.....try to read what you typed and see if you can make sense of it. Good luck!
  • by ALISHA Location: AUGUSTA on Aug 7, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    TO ME I JUST DONT KNOW IM MEAN MY CHILD ATTENDS SPIRIT CREEK AND FOR THESE BUS DRIVERS TO SIT THERE AND HAVE A SIT IN ON DA SAME DAY SCHOOL START BACK IS STUPID IM MEAN I KNOW AND OTHER PARENTS KNOW GAS IS NOT CHEAP AND WE DONT HAVE NO MONEY TO BE RUNNING OUR KIDS BACK AND FORTH TO SCHOOL LIKE THIS ISNT THAT WHAT THE SCHOOL BUSES ARE FOR NOW IF THEY DONT WANT TO DO THERE JOB FIRE THEM CAUSE DONT NOBODY HAVE TIME FOR THEM TO REFUSE TO DRIVE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO MY CHILD EDUCATION AND YALL WANNA PLAY PLEASE JUST FIRE THEM AND GET OTHER WILLING PEOPLE THAT WOULD LIKE A BUS DRIVING JOB GIVE IT TO THEM AND FIRE THEM WHO ALL WANTS TO DO A SIT IN I NO ONE THING THAT BUS BETTER BE ROLLING DOWN MI STREET COME AUGUST 13 I NO THAT MUCH CAUSE GAS AINT CHEAP AND ITS GONING UP EVERYDAY AND ITS REAL STUPID IT REALLY IS CAUSE THEY HAD ALL SUMMER TO DO A SIT IN BUT THAT BUS BETTR BE ROLLING DOWN MY STREET I KNOW THAT DONT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR PLAYS CAUSE THIND IS OUR CHILDREN FUTURE
  • by charles Location: augusta,ga on Aug 7, 2007 at 04:16 AM
    go for it richmond co. bus drivers, if the augusta transit drivers had guts they would do the same for the same reason, the way we are treated by upper management. upper management thinks the drivers are a piece of crap, all bus drivers should stick with the drivers of r/c/b/o/e. good luck and god bless
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