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School bus drivers picketed outside the Readville bus yard.
School bus driver Omar Thomas cheered in support of not returning to work on Wednesday outside at the Readville bus yard.
Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff
Odanese Cyriac held his daughter Vanessa, 7, as he spoke about picking her up from school.
Buses at the Readville bus yard.
A Veolia worker closed and locked the property gates after school bus drivers refused to work.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
“Thirty-three thousand students and their parents have been affected today," Mayor Thomas Menino said of the bus-driver strike.
Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
Students walked to the Lucy Stone campus of Roxbury Prep on Tuesday morning.
Ronald Ambroise, a 22-year veteran, stood outside the Readville bus yard.
Steve Kirschbaum, chairman of the grievance committee for United Steelworkers Local 8751, spoke during the strike.
Jameson Davidson, who has been driving school buses for 20 years, was one of many drivers refusing to work Tuesday.
Kirschbaum said the drivers’ grievances include changes in their health care plan and poor communication from the bus company.
The buses typically carry about 30,000 students to school.
A school department spokesman said officials had heard rumblings about the strike and had placed monitors at bus yards this morning.
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