DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli is holding a news conference Thursday morning to discuss the possible strike of school bus drivers.
Dayton Public School bus drivers notified the school board Wednesday that they plan to strike on April 10.
This planned strike is the same time students return to school from spring break.
There was a tentative agreement in September 2017 that included a substantial wage increase between 10 and 14 percent raise for all drivers depending on experience, an additional two percent increase for each of the two years of the contract and an additional step was added to the salary to keep the drivers in the district, drivers would receive a one-time lump sum payment to cover retroactive raises over the period of negotiations and economic benefits would stay the same.
The school board also purchased 115 new buses.
This tentative deal was not ratified by a vote and it now means that the deal was not approved.
Dayton Public Schools and OAPSE Local 627, the union that represents the bus drivers, rejected this tentative deal and intend to go on strike.