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A new contract proposal has school bus drivers with the Oregon Trail School District on edge. They are worried about lost jobs, wages and benefits.

Once upon a time your local school bus driver, the friendly person who may be your neighbor, grandparent, single mom or friend, was employed by the school district.

They are the ones who get up early every morning to drive the big yellow bus, taking your children to school and back. They received fair wages and benefits, but not so anymore. Several years ago, the Oregon Trail School District out-sourced the work. They are about to do it again.

A new company, recommended by the superintendent and business director has placed a bid. We are concerned that changing contractors may result in many of our bus drivers losing their jobs or being forced to work under inferior working conditions. It would mean the bus drivers would be forced to rebuild their wages and benefits from scratch once again and the potential of more than half losing their jobs.

Please call your Oregon Trail School Board representatives. Tell them to vote no on the new contract and stay with the current company or retain all of the proven bus drivers who have your children's best interest at heart. These school bus drivers deserve your support. They are not expendable. They need your help.

Call or write:

* Terry Lenchitsky, Chair 503-663-5745, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* D J Anderson, Vice Chair 503-260-5005, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Randy Carmony, At-Large 503-668-7259, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Candice Lindberg, At-Large 503-896-1281, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Kurt McKnight, Welches 503-781-7701, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Marjan Salveter, North Sandy 503-789-3095, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Marie Teune, Boring 503-680-6227, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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