New York City school bus strike

A standoff between striking school bus

drivers looking for job protections and a city administration that says

they just can't have them has the potential to go on for some time,

observers said, as parents struggle to get to work on time while

scrambling to figure out alternatives for their children to get to

school. (Jan. 17)

Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Alex Ndoka, left, accompanies Henry Ndoka, who usually rides school bus to Public School 9, as they arrive for school by car on New York's Upper West Side, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Alex Ndoka, left, accompanies Henry Ndoka, who usually rides school bus to Public School 9, as they arrive for school by car on New York's Upper West Side, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Alex Ndoka, left, accompanies Henry Ndoka, who usually rides school bus to Public School 9, as they arrive for school by car on New York's Upper West Side, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Matthew Mosca takes his daughter, Ella, to her kindergarten class at Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. Mosca said his 5-year-old usually takes the bus from their home on Manhattan's East Side, but took a taxi today. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Matthew Mosca takes his daughter, Ella, to her kindergarten class at Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. Mosca said his 5-year-old usually takes the bus from their home on Manhattan's East Side, but took a taxi today. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Matthew Mosca takes his daughter, Ella, to her kindergarten class at Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. Mosca said his 5-year-old usually takes the bus from their home on Manhattan's East Side, but took a taxi today. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Mike Marino, left, accompanies Siena Marino, who usually rides a school bus to Public School 9, as they arrive for school by car on New York's Upper West Side, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Mike Marino, left, accompanies Siena Marino, who usually rides a school bus to Public School 9, as they arrive for school by car on New York's Upper West Side, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Mike Marino, left, accompanies Siena Marino, who usually rides a school bus to Public School 9, as they arrive for school by car on New York's Upper West Side, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Peter Curry pushes his daughter Maisy, 7, in her wheel chair after driving her to Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. Maisy Curry would normally be driven by school bus, according to her father. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Peter Curry pushes his daughter Maisy, 7, in her wheel chair after driving her to Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. Maisy Curry would normally be driven by school bus, according to her father. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Peter Curry pushes his daughter Maisy, 7, in her wheel chair after driving her to Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. Maisy Curry would normally be driven by school bus, according to her father. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
An unidentified woman arrives with her children by taxi at Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
An unidentified woman arrives with her children by taxi at Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
An unidentified woman arrives with her children by taxi at Public School 33, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in New York. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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