Edmonds School District bus drivers rally demanding benefits after layoffs

Edmonds School District bus drivers were laid off in August, and now they are left without medical benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDMONDS, Wash. — School bus drivers for the Edmonds School District rallied for health benefits after layoffs this summer.

Bill Whalen is an Army veteran turned Edmonds School District bus driver.

He’s been driving kids to school for 13 years.

“I am getting older, but I feel 20, 30 years younger because I am around kids and that to me is important,” he said.

The layoffs were announced in mid-August.

The news that Edmonds School District was laying off 175 bus drivers was a blow to Whalen and his co-workers, and not just because they’re out of a job.

“Our benefits have been cut off, our medical benefits, and a lot of people rely on those benefits,” he said.

The loss of benefits hit fellow bus driver John

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