Dekalb County Georgia school bus drivers continue fight for reinstatement of fired colleagues
26 May 2018
School bus drivers in Georgia’s Dekalb County, encompassing the eastern suburbs of Atlanta, are continuing to press for the reinstatement of six colleagues who were vindictively fired by school superintendent Stephen Green in April. Green, who was appointed to this job in 2015 with an annual salary of $300,000 and with an additional $40,000 in “expenses,” fired seven bus drivers after a sizeable section of them staged a three-day sickout strike commencing April 19.
On May 14, about a dozen bus drivers and their supporters, including some parents, attended a school board meeting to demand that the fired bus drivers be rehired. Without any explanation Green announced the reinstatement of only one of the seven victimized drivers. The name of the reinstated driver has been deliberately kept secret and the school system has refused to divulge any further information on the rationale for limiting the reinstatement to this one specific person. This, despite the fact that all seven victimized drivers were ostensibly fired for being the “ring-leaders” of the April sickout.
Green, however, behaved in a typically arrogant manner at the meeting, declaring “that will not be happening” in relation to the reinstatement of the six other terminated drivers. In order to further cow the workers, after hearing that some drivers were discussing another sickout, Green warned that that such an action “would be unwise”.
One of the parents who intervened on behalf of the bus drivers was so shocked by the disrespect displayed by Green and the school management towards the drivers that she said, “I can’t imagine working for someone for so long and being…