The Ottumwa Courier

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October 10, 2013

School bus strike avoided

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Eidahl said he offers compliments to the union drivers and the company managers for their accomplishment.

"Both parties, I think, realized the importance of coming together. Negotiations on both sides have to give a little," he said.

"We're getting along better, and the job [of safely transporting school children] is being done," confirmed Kjer. "That's one of the things you've got to give credit to the staff for; they have always done the job for students. They really care about those children. We all have that in common."

While the newly drawn-up papers haven't been signed, the bus drivers have now voted on the subject.

"I think it's important [to note] that the bus drivers voted unanimously to ratify the contract, 24 to zero," said Thomas.

The previous vote had been unanimous to reject the company offer, officials said over the summer.

"I think level heads were able to prevail on both sides of the table," Eidahl said.

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

 

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