First Student says tentative agreement reached with union to avert strike

This is a file image of First Student Inc. buses. (WLNE)

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) —  First Student, Inc. said Tuesday that a tentative agreement has been reached with Union SEIU 1199 New England to avert a bus strike.

“First Student is pleased to have reached a tentative contract agreement with SEIU 1199,” Frank McMahon, spokesperson for First Student, told ABC 6 News in part in a statement.

The 275 employees include bus drivers, monitors, and aides who called for 30 hours of guaranteed work each week. They threatened to strike last week, as negotiations continued into Tuesday.

“We look forward to getting back to focusing entirely on what we do best, providing safe and reliable transportation for our school district partners and their families,” said McMahon.

The strike would have impacted students in Cranston, West Warwick, and Lincoln.

“This is wonderful news for the students, families and [West Warwick Public Schools],” Superintendent Karen Tarasevich told ABC 6 News.

Schools will operate on a normal arrival and dismissal schedule on Wednesday, added Tarasevich.

No further information was immediately released.

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