“It is shameful for the school bus drivers union to use our children as pawns in a political game,” John Connolly said in a statement.
“This is about safety first and foremost, and it is totally unacceptable that our children were put at risk this morning, not to mention the impact on thousands of parents who will miss work. Missing even one day of school is a real problem for our children who face a daunting achievement gap.”
Marty Walsh also expressed his frustration.
“Kids and parents must come first,” Walsh said in a statement.
“This is wrong. The bus drivers have put our children in harm’s way. This is an illegal action, causing a huge disruption, and I call on the bus drivers to return to work immediately. This is a violation of the contract and cannot be tolerated.”
Approximately 33,000 students found themselves stranded Tuesday morning when 300 of the bus drivers’ union 700 members refused to go to work.