Muscogee County Bus Drivers need your support

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A group of Muscogee county bus drivers are asking for change from the school district and for the community's support.

They said they transport precious cargo everyday and need the protection from the district like the protection they provide everyday.

The Bus Drivers Committee Group talked to a group of drivers and it was standing room only at the Columbus Public Library.

They say they are asking for three specific things:

1. Pay Raise to reflect the increase in the cost of living.

2. Compensated wages through a STEP program that allows money in the budge for yearly increases.

3. Bi-Weekly Pay

Frank Myers with the Muscogee County School Board told the public change will come when the community holds the board accountable and to ask them to prioritize their spending. 

"I'm asking you to get involved and help us beat this SPLOST, and for this board to prioritize spending; that place is swimming in money," Myers said. 

Supporters of the Special Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST said if it passes it will help the students.

"The SPLOST can give you new buses, and give the students a comfortable place to go to school in instead of sinking classrooms."

Another issue the drivers complained about is the Governor Nathan Deal's propsed budget for 2016. If it passes the state will eliminate health insurance for some school workers including bus drivers.