COVID has created a nationwide driver shortage.
It's meant that parents have to scramble on how to get their kids to school, since there are not enough bus drivers.
In a new nationwide survey, half of student-transportation coordinators described their school bus driver shortages as either "severe" or "desperate."
In Chicago this week, 70 bus drivers, about 10% of the workforce, abruptly quit over the district's new COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to WBEZ's Sarah Karp. The move left some 2,100 students, a little less than half of them in special education, without a way to get to school.
And in Pittsburgh, the public schools notified families that they are short almost 650 bus seats for the first day of school on Friday.
The price of shipping just about anything has gone up because there aren't enough qualified drivers, and the shortage of drivers has also affected the waste management industry, causing some providers to offer incentives.
On August 12, Waste Management sent out a recruiting letter with this benefits:
1) Competitive wages AND a $7500 signing bonus for qualified drivers and technicians
2) Medical, dental, and vision coverage
3) Company matching 401K program
4) Paid time off
5) Child and elder care through Bright Horizona
6) "your Tomorrow", which is a program that covers 100% of college tuition. Next year, the program will be expanded to cover spouses and dependents.
Drivers average $50,000 a year, and management positions all come with a six figure income.