The local chapter of the United Steelworkers union and four former Metro Nashville school bus drivers filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Board of Public Education and Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register on Jan. 30.
The four drivers — with a combined 48 years of service to the school system — claim they were let go unfairly and illegally.
Three of the drivers said they were notified of being “non-renewed” but weren’t given a reason why they lost their jobs. The job losses weren’t “for cause” or part of a reduction in force, which the union says is a “denial of their constitutional due process rights under the color of law.”
The other driver was terminated after a child traveling in the plaintiff’s school bus was hit by a car and injured. The union maintains, however, that the school district didn’t notify the driver of their decision within 10 working days of her hearing, violating the plaintiff’s due process rights.
The lawsuit comes as tensions have been rising between local unions and the school system.
The union asks for an injunction to put the bus drivers back to work and to compensate them for the time they have been out of work.
MNPS released this statement in regards to the lawsuit: “The district has received the summons and will respond through the appropriate legal channels. This matter is the subject of ongoing litigation and we are confident we will prevail at trial."