Howard County bus drivers will be getting paid more after reaching a tentative agreement between them and county officials.
Bus Drivers organized a sickout Monday, which in return disrupted service for dozens of routes. Howard County school bus representative Diane Withers said:
“The county knew months ago that we had an issue and they failed to follow it through. We have not had an increase in pay since 2000, a cost of living since 2009.”
The following conditions include:
- A $5 an hour increase
- A $2,000 retention bonus
- A $2,000 retainer fee for new hires
- Health insurance paid for by the county
Drivers also said they agreed to two $2,500 bonuses one paid in November and the other paid in December.
Discussions of employee benefits will be talked about in 2022.