Published February 20, 2013
NEW YORK – New York City school bus drivers who serve more than 150,000 children are returning to work after a monthlong strike.
Regular bus schedules resume Wednesday on all 7,700 routes serving the nation's largest public school system; 5,000 of those routes were affected by the strike.
Drivers and assistants known as matrons from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 walked off the job Jan. 16, forcing students to take taxis, public transportation or car services to and from class.
The strike affected 152,000 of the city's 1.1 million schoolchildren. Many children who take the bus are disabled or have no other easy way to get to school.
Union officials called off the strike Friday after leading mayoral candidates promised to address job security issues if elected.