(AP) The company that operates Boston's school buses is asking a federal court to force drivers back to work after a surprise strike stranded thousands of students.
A spokeswoman for Veolia Transportation Inc. said company lawyers went to court Tuesday afternoon seeking an injunction "to compel workers to go back to work and cease illegal activity."
The unanticipated strike forced some students to hitch rides with police, harried parents and even a police superintendent, while others just stayed home.
Most of the city's 700 bus drivers suddenly went idle amid a dispute with Veolia, stranding some 33,000 students.
An outraged Mayor Tom Menino said the strike was illegal and he would pursue every possible legal avenue to force drivers back to work.