BROOKLYN - Hundreds of striking school bus drivers and matrons held a rally in Brooklyn to show their union support and solidarity.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 tell News 12 that they are more energized than ever before. The bus drivers walked off the job in January after the city put bus company contracts up for bid. The city says it is trying to save money on school bus transportation costs by having bids.

The president of the union says Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the power to put matrons and school bus drivers back to work as soon as possible. The union is asking the city to suspend the bids for new contracts.

The bus drivers say they want to work, but they have no choice but to continue their fight.