Wenatchee school bus drivers reach tentative deal with district

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WENATCHEE — The bus drivers who carry your children to school every day say they’ve struck a tentative contract agreement with the Wenatchee School District.

The drivers’ union reached the proposed deal Tuesday in negotiations with the district, one day after a public rally of union members in downtown Wenatchee. Wenatchee School District Bus Drivers Union president Andy King said a vote by membership could come in early February.

If it’s approved, the school board would then hold its own vote.

“The only way I know if I have a good contract is when I take it before my members and they vote to approve it,” King said Wednesday.

Wages and working conditions have been at the heart of the contract impasse. The two sides have been in negotiation for nine months, and the Wenatchee School District said it most recently made a contract offer to the drivers about two weeks ago.