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Hartford bus drivers say city is not enforcing its living wage law

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School bus drivers in Hartford said they plan on protesting their company's illegal actions at a City Council meeting.

The drivers said Specialty Transportation does not adhere to the city's living wage ordinance.

They claim that the company violates the ordinance, which also requires worker retention, local hiring and training.

Specialty Transportation recently took over the Hartford school bus contract in July 2016 after the city moved to not renew an agreement with Dattco.

Drivers with Dattco held a one-day work stoppage last spring, which cost 3,400 students a day of school. It was the result of stalled contract talks.

A 3-year $20.4 million contract with Specialty Transportation was born from that.

However, drivers with Specialty said the company has refused to hire many Hartford city school bus drivers and monitors, which is in violation of the law.

They said the city has a duty to enforce the ordinance, but has not taken any action.

The City Council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

The drivers said they plan to address the issue during the public comment portion of the meeting.

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