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Boston school bus drivers end wildcat strike, but city officials wary (+video)

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(Read caption) Wary city officials in Boston said Wednesday they're hoping school bus drivers who staged a surprise strike this week won't leave students stranded again, but they can't offer any guarantees.
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Boston school buses were rolling again Wednesday morning – a day after a wildcat strike by drivers – but interruptions in school transportation remain a possibility as negotiations between the drivers' union and the city-contracted bus company continue, city officials warned

"We're still concerned about a similar action at any time, and we're keeping our contingency plans in place," said a Boston Public Schools spokesman, the Associated Press reported. 

Union leaders met Wednesday with officials from the Veolia bus company to discuss their grievances. The meeting was held on condition that drivers complete their normal rounds Wednesday morning and that union members who participated in Tuesday’s strike not be punished for their actions.

Topping a 16-point list of union demands presented to Veolia was a halt to the bus company's use of two new electronic tracking systems: a GPS device that allows parents to monitor bus location through an app on their smartphones, and Versatrans, a software program that helps route buses and is used by the company to determine evaluations and pay. 

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called Wednesday’s meeting “very good news," but cautioned parents to have backup transportation plans, The Boston Globe reported. This was a change in tone from Tuesday, when Mayor Menino expressed his outrage at the strike and said he would use all available legal means to resume service and hold the strikers accountable.


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