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CSEA asks to keep bus jobs local

Parents, teachers, and union bus drivers and monitors wear picket signs outside Northeastern Clinton Central School board meeting Oct. 4.

Parents, teachers, and union bus drivers and monitors wear picket signs outside Northeastern Clinton Central School board meeting Oct. 4. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “There are parents, drivers from both NCCS schools and other CSEA drivers from Chazy, Saranac, Peru, Ellenburg, and Beekmantown all here to show their support for one another because if this passes what will stop other schools from doing the same thing,” said NCCS bus driver Sue Bezio.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, several members of the community, stood before the board all expressing negative feelings about the possible change.

“As a taxpayer, I have to ask the board, why didnt you speak to union representatives to try to find a solution,” resident and wife of a CSEA driver, Maureen Booster, said.

“We are the taxpayers we want the best solution to save money, too, but if you outsource almost 50 jobs from this community, it will only lead to more home foreclosures and more people leaving the community. I don’t believe Champlain can afford anyone else out of work.”

Debbie Tourville, mother of a student at NCCS, stood out to support a bus driver who has helped her and her son, Trevor, since he first started going to school.

“My son is disabled like I am, and he has a lot of problems with change,” Tourville said. “But, my son has had the same wonderful woman pick him up and drop him off everyday since he first started going to school. She has helped him when he was upset and has always been there for him and I. I worry if this passes and there is some stranger driving him every other day how he will be able to handle that.”

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