April 12, 2013: The press is reporting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg lied about the key issue behind the recent school bus strike in New York City.
The strike was provoked when the Department of Education eliminated key job security protections from school bus transportation contracts.
The "Employee Protection Provisions" protect the wages, benefits and job security of more than 10,000 union school bus drivers in the City including over a thousand Teamsters.
The Mayor repeatedly claimed the provisions had been illegal by the State Supreme Court.
Now, in a separate court case, attorneys for the City are arguing the opposite. They say the Employee Protection Provisions are not illegal.
"The mayor and chancellor lied to the City Council and the public about the issues here," said City Councilwoman Letitia James. "This was simply an attempt to break a union and drive it to its knees."
New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez broke this exclusive story. Click here to read his full article.