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This Day in Georgia History

November 20, 1980

Bus Driver Strike Closed Fulton Schools

A wildcat strike by bus drivers of the National Transportation Service forced the closing of Fulton County’s public schools. More than one-hundred bus drivers picketed outside the company even though superior court judge Luther Alverson had ordered them back to work on the basis of a no-strike clause in the contract between the National Transportation Service and Teamsters Union Local 528. Superintendent of schools Dr. Alonzo Crim closed the schools at 6:45 AM when it became apparent that no more than forty of the district’s 232 buses would roll that morning.