NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The union that represents school bus drivers has reached a tentative agreement with the three largest school bus companies, essentially averting a widespread strike in New York City.
The tentative three-year deal between ATU 1181 and the largest bus companies still must be ratified by the rank and file. It represents about 4,000 routes.
The union still must come to an agreement with NYCSBUS and other smaller bus providers, but the tentative agreement reached Wednesday eliminates the possibility of the majority of 86,000 students losing their school bus ride.
A city official confirmed the tentative agreement, although they were not directly involved in the negotiations.
The Mayors Office released a brief statement Wednesday night.
"We are grateful that ATU Local 1181 and DOE-contracted school bus companies were able to come to a voluntary agreement that will ensure continuity of service and peace of mind for the more than 80,000 students and their families who rely on these services, including thousands of students with disabilities," the statement said. "When labor and management come to the table in a spirit of mutual cooperation, we can achieve meaningful results for all New Yorkers."
ATU 1181 will now draft a memorandum of agreement for its members to review.