School bus drivers in Providence are threatening to strike unless a new agreement can be reached between their union and First Student, the private company that provides transportation services for much of the city’s school district. Despite the company’s “last offer,” Teamsters Local 251 rejected the proposal and issued a counteroffer, giving First Student until Wednesday to accept. This situation is concerning for state and city leaders who worry about the negative impact a strike would have on student attendance and access to meals. They have urged both parties to reach a prompt and fair contract resolution while exploring alternative options to prevent disruption to students’ learning.

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