LC bus drivers file emergency motion against restraining order

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The back and forth when it comes to Las Cruces school bus drivers and the potential strike continues. On Friday the unions that represents the drivers filed an emergency motion to squash the restraining order handed down Thursday. That injunction preventing the bus drivers from striking. The union workers say it violates their constitutional rights.

AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly believes it restricts them. “It also violates the state’s anti-injunction act, from 1978 which prohibits state court taking any action in labor disputes that are covered under the Federal National Labor Relations Act.”

As we reported, the bus drivers negotiations with STS-NM, the company was contracted to provide bus services for Las Cruces Public Schools, fell through, indicating a strike was imminent. On Thursday the district stopped that by going to the courts. On Thursday, Superintendent Stan Rounds said the situation is harming students.

“It is absolutely unconscionable for adults to take a situation like this and put it on the backs of our students. in our view that is not acceptable so we went to court to stop it,” Rounds says.

But the union groups disagrees. “We need a change we need a seriously change now.. and our members are prepared to strike if that’s what it takes to stand up for our students,” says Ly.  

Both parties were expected in court April 12th, but with this new court order the unions say the judge may set a date to hear this motion sometime this week.

 

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