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 Bus drivers fighting to save Michigan jobs

Kathy Bowler and Christa SymondsKathy Bowler and Christa Symonds work as bus drivers in Tahquamenon, where some school board members and the superintendent have promoted outsourcing of the bus drivers’ jobs as well as other educational support professionals’ positions.

“We came to make our voices heard,” said Bowler, who has more than 12 years of experience. “We’ve had enough cuts. Students are suffering and it’s hurting our children’s future.”

Plus, Michigan cannot afford to have more unemployed residents.

“Jobs are hard enough to find in the Upper Peninsula,” added Symonds, who works as a substitute.



Updated: June 17, 2010 10:44 AM