We received word that at this time Springfield has refused to continue making payments to First Student during this shutdown. This means First Student is still not in a position to pay drivers. Local 1459 has sent letters to the Mayor, Superintendent, and School Committee in an attempt to convince them to do the right thing and pay the already budgeted money to First Student so the drivers can get paid. We will keep you all updated. In the meantime file unemployment claims immediately if you havent already done so.
Anyone using medical insurance from First Student will continue to have coverage while schools are closed. When schools reopen the medical payments will resume and will be collected until payments are made up.