Bus driver says she's been denied benefits amid strike

A Bronx school bus driver claims she and other bus drivers are being denied benefits.

A Bronx school bus driver claims she and other bus drivers are being denied benefits. (2/4/13)

MOUNT EDEN - A Bronx school bus driver claims she was denied food stamps because she's on strike, and she says she isn't on the only bus driver who's been denied benefits.

Sonia Colon says she applied for food stamps after going on strike and was approved. However, she claims an employee refused to help her when she went to the Human Resource Administration (HRA) office last week. Colon says other bus drivers were at the office at the same time and they were all told to leave.

The HRA says benefits are based on what a person was earning before they went on strike, as opposed to when they're on it. Striking employees are being supported on a $150 a week stipend from their union, which runs out soon.

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