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Nov 16, 2016 1:53 PM

Nashua schools may be canceled Thursday if bus union strikes

NASHUA — The Nashua School District may be canceling school Thursday if the bus union goes on strike, said Stacy Hynes, Director of Communications for the School District.

READ: Union representing NH bus drivers authorize strike, will hold off until DC meeting

The Teamsters Local 633 union representing New Hampshire school bus drivers and other workers employed by First Student confirmed they are authorizing a strike, but still hope to reach a deal, the Union Leader reported.

The decision came after the union rejected First Student’s latest contract offer, creating uncertainty for several school districts in New Hampshire that rely on First Student for transportation.

The union, which represents 850 First Student employees, agreed to hold off on the strike until both sides met in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. No timeline has been set for the strike.

If the strike does happen, it will directly affect schools across the state. Some of those schools are in Canterbury, Alton, Gilford, Laconia, and Belmont.

Close to 14,000 students attend the Shaker-district schools in Belmont. Eighty-five percent of those students will be affected by the strike.

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