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New York City School Bus Drivers Plan Strike

Public school bus drivers may strike over job protections

New York City's mayor and the union representing school bus drivers plan to issue updates about a strike threat that could affect about 150,000 students.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Local 1181 scheduled separate news conferences on Monday afternoon.

Bloomberg said Sunday that the city bid out new contracts for the bus routes to try to save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

The drivers' union wants job protections the mayor says the city cannot legally provide.

If there's a strike, the city has contingency plans to get children to school.

They'll receive free MetroCards for mass transit. Parents or guardians of younger children will also get the cards.

Families of special-needs students who use private transportation will be reimbursed for those costs.