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Fairborn students back in person after bus drivers call off work

Dayton Daily News |

Fairborn City Schools students were back in person on Tuesday after about a third of the district’s bus drivers were absent on Monday and a hearing has been called to determine if what those drivers did was an unauthorized strike.

Stacey Benson-Taylor, regional director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 8, which is the parent organization of the union that represents bus drivers, said bus drivers may have called off for coronavirus-related reasons, but this was “absolutely not” an authorized work stoppage or a coordinated effort on the employees part. The Dayton Public Service Union is the union that represents the Fairborn bus drivers.

Fairborn called a hearing with the AFSCME and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board to determine whether the employees’ actions constituted as an unauthorized strike. That meeting will be held online at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Fairborn schools have had more issues with COVID-19 than most schools in the Miami Valley.