Teamsters to speak out on bus safety, working conditions concerns

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Unionized bus drivers in Charleston, Beaufort and Dorchester District 2 have planned a press conference Tuesday to address what they call "serious concerns" with bus safety, service and working conditions at Durham School Services.

The drivers are fresh off a months-long negotiation with the bus company to increase their pay.

After the press conference, the drivers are scheduled to make remarks about workplace safety and service issues that "may impact the safe transportation of area schoolchildren."

The press conference and forum will be held April 16 at 5:45 p.m. at the Embassy Suites on International Boulevard in North Charleston.

The drivers will be joined by guests from Europe and from around the U.S., including prominent trade unionists, civil rights, political and faith leaders, who will participate in the forum. South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard will join former National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Fred Feinstein and South Carolina ALF-CIO president Ken Riley on the panel. Local community leaders and members will also be in attendance.{}Durham contracts with three South Carolina school districts and is the second-largest school bus company in the United States. Durham is a subsidiary of National Express Group PLC, a United Kingdom-based multinational transportation company.