Teachers Union Boss Backs Bus Drivers Protest [VIDEO]
Jackie Lansdale, president of the Red River United Teachers Union, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the school bus drivers protest at Tuesday's Caddo Parish School Board meeting. The union also represents the parish drivers.
Lansdale tell KEEL listeners that the board, as well as Caddo School Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree, have failed to address the numerous problems and issues facing the parishes drivers.
More details from KEEL news:
"Caddo Parish school bus drivers are not happy about working conditions and they are taking their complaints to the public in the form of a protest. More than 30 drivers showed up with picket signs outside the school board meeting. Drivers say buses are in poor condition and repairs made are only temporary. Several drivers say they've been left stranded on the side of the road because of the condition of some of the buses. The drivers also claim it takes months to get paid for extra routes they run. Some drivers are now refusing to run extra routes for extracurricular activities because it takes so long to get paid. They also say the shortage of drivers is causing serious problems. The parish has 20-30 open positions."