BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Mayor Tom Menino says he will pursue every legal avenue, including asking a court for an injunction, to get school bus drivers back on the job.
About 600 of the 700 drivers who work for the city's bus contractor unexpectedly went on strike this morning, affecting about 33,000 students.
An outraged Menino called the strike illegal and said he would not allow the drivers to "use our students as pawns."
The city scrambled to find ways to get kids to classes, with police shuttling some students to school in cruisers. Those with valid student ID cards are being allowed to ride transit buses and subways for free.
Union officials picketing outside the bus yards say the vendor, Veolia Transportation Inc., is not honoring contract terms.
APPHOTO MASS102: Boston school busses sit idle behind a chain link fence at Veolia Transportation, the city's school bus contractor, in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. About 600 school bus drivers have gone on strike affecting most of the school district's 33,000 students. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) (8 Oct 2013)
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