(North Charleston, S.C.) – On Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 5:45 p.m., school bus drivers from Charleston, Beaufort and Summerville’s Dorchester District 2, will hold a press conference to speak out about serious concerns over school bus safety, service and working conditions at Durham School Services.
Immediately following the press conference, the drivers will testify at a forum about workplace safety and service issues that may impact the safe transportation of area schoolchildren.
The drivers will be joined by international guests from Europe and 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 (D – 111th) 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.
Durham school bus drivers and monitors
Representatives from international trade unions
Wendell Gilliard, South Carolina State Representative, District 111
Fred Feinstein, former NLRB General Counsel
Ken Riley, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO
Durham School Bus Workers’ Forum
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013
Press Conference: 5:45 p.m.
Forum and driver testimony: 6:15 p.m.
Embassy Suites Convention Suites
Meeting Room #1
5055 International Blvd.
North Charleston, S.C., 29418