Strike by NYC school bus drivers averted

NEW YORK (AP) -- A threatened strike by union drivers at two New York City school bus companies has been averted.

A spokesman for the Teamsters union said late Monday it reached a tentative agreement on a union contract with Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit.

Last week, the union had voted to authorize a strike as early as Tuesday.

The two school bus companies share the same owner and union contract and run about 600 routes in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. A strike would have involved about 900 workers and thousands of students.

The Department of Education had contingency plans in place, including a MetroCard for students and families and alternate bus service.

Union spokesman Alex Moore says its member still need to approve the agreement.

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