CV School Bus Drivers Accept Contract

Chartiers Valley’s school bus driver and custodial union overwhelmingly approved the agreement and are awaiting the school board to ratify the contract.

Chartiers Valley’s school bus driver and custodial union overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement over the weekend.

The Chartiers Valley Education Support Professionals union now must wait for the school board to formally ratify the contract, which could happen during tonight’s 7:30 p.m. workshop meeting.

Butch Santicola, a spokesman for the union, said the school bus drivers and custodians voted Sunday by a “substantial margin” to accept the 4-year agreement. after tough negotiations last school year that continued through the summer.

Terms of the agreement were not available since the school board has not ratified the contract.

“The members accepted it. That says enough right there,” Santicola said about how the union feels about the new deal. “If both sides are into (the negotiations), and the school district had their reps there, I’m pretty sure it’s going to pass.”

at the end of last school year after and the district made contingency plans to hire subcontracted drivers and custodians. The workers finished the school year, however, and continued negotiating through the summer.

“I think it was a good faith effort and might have been recognized by the other side,” Santicola said.

officials could not be reached for comment.

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