Dekalb County Bus Drivers "Sick Out" Continues.

By Julien Virgin

April 23, 2018 - 5:54 pm

Bus drivers in Dekalb County continued their "sick out" Monday as they demand fair pay, saftey and respect from the school board. 

The strike began last week as nearly 400 drivers (43%) called in sick to work on Thursday and Friday after negotiations with the Dekalb county school board stalled.

"We just want to be heard, and we want what we deserve," said a "sick-out" driver who wished to remain anonymous.

Drivers are boycotting for wage raises, improved retirement benifits, and safer working conditions for drivers and students.

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green claims the drivers missing work has "pu[t] our children in harm’s way."

When asked about possible discipline drivers would face, Green said, "All options are on the table."

Thus far, 8 drivers have been terminated as a result of the protest with school police officers delivering termination notices to worker's homes that read:

"The District has received reliable information that you have personally encouraged and promoted the "sick-out" strike by bus drivers and monitors ... As a public employee, it is unlawful for you to encourage, promote, or participate in strike activity."

DeKalb County school bus drivers rank amongst the lowest paid in Georgia and have not received a pay increase since 2010.

Teachers and school bus drivers in West Virginia participated in a nine-day statewide education strike earlier this year which resulted in a 5% pay increase. 

WAOK will continue to update you on this developing story.