City bus monitors oppose privatization efforts

Source:, January 12, 2015

More than 100 city employees turned out in force at Monday’s school board meeting to speak out against a proposal that could leave them out of a job if city officials opt to privatize bus monitoring services.

Providence to consider privatizing school bus monitors
Source: Dan McGowan, WPRI, December 18, 2014

The head of Providence’s municipal employees’ union said Thursday his members would be opposed to any attempt by the city to privatize bus monitor services as part of its new school bus transportation contract. The city’s contract with longtime busing provider First Student, Inc. ends next year and school officials have put the new agreement out to bid. The 46-page request for proposal also seeks to “evaluate the cost associated with contractor employed bus monitors,” but does not guarantee that the city will hire private monitors.