Transportation for local schools could see disruptions in the New Year. Six employees for the Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services who plan school bus routes could be forced into a strike or a lockout as early as January 6th. The employees are members of CUPE Local 1165-6 and CUPE national rep, Monique Drapeau says they have their own collective agreement and management has failed to recognize that distinction and is now trying to cherry pick provisions from the school board workers' contract that would roll back many of their working conditions. She says management negotiators have tried to cherry pick provisions to undercut the current working conditions by tabling parts of the memorandum of understanding that was settled for direct school board employees in December 2012. CUPE is encouraging parents and residents to contact their school board trustees to urge them show their support to avert a strike or lockout.