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Mid-Michigan school district considers out-sourcing busing

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(8/9/11) - A Mid-Michigan school district is considering out-sourcing busing. The move could mean the loss of dozens of jobs.

Tuesday, ABC12 News learned the Flint School District is considering hiring a private company to take over busing.

Howard Gordon, a union leader for the bus drivers, said if busing is contracted out, the new company would likely lay-off the employees and they would have to re-apply for their jobs. Those drivers are members of SEIU local 571-M.

Gordon told reporters the Flint School District currently employs about 80 Drivers. He added that the new company would likely hire back 50 to 60 of them back. 

Talk of out-sourcing comes after deep concessions made by bus drivers following massive state cuts to public education.

Gordon says the union is not happy about the possibility of out-sourcing. "Certainly, we don't support the privatizing and I think that needs to be made very clear. This union believes that the provision of bus transportation services to the students and the parents in the community of Flint schools is best served by school district employees ."

Gordon says he is meeting with the district again on Thursday to continue discussions regarding this issue.   

Flint Community Schools Spokesperson Bob Campbell says the district is looking at all of its options.  He stresses this is not a done deal and negotiations are still under way.

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