Transit union challenges new policy on cell phones

  • Article by: LORA PABST
  • Updated: November 28, 2010 - 8:32 AM

Metro Transit bus drivers and light-rail operators face at least a 20-day unpaid suspension and a final warning letter for the first violation.

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fxstsbNov. 27, 10 5:35 PM

This is not legal to do to the drivers. Contract employees have a right to bargain on conditions of employment. This is a new rule developed without union agreement and as such is a violation of national labor law.

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akl818Nov. 27, 10 5:41 PM

Hey Drivers!!!!! You should be fired for using a cell phone while driving!

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gopherfan10101Nov. 27, 10 5:42 PM

"This is a new rule developed without union agreement and as such is a violation of national labor law. posted by fxstsb" Tell that to the person that the driver runs over while talking on the phone. I bet they really care. I'm sick of bad employees hiding behind unions. It makes it harder for good employees to do their jobs.

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righteeeoooNov. 27, 10 5:43 PM

Yup... Most union workers do not have the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions... That is why they are so attracted to unions as they cannot fend in this world by themselves.

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CocoLotionNov. 27, 10 6:04 PM

unions have seen their day...they do nothing but bring us down.

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handyfanNov. 27, 10 6:12 PM

Sounds about right. Unions thrive on defending the bottom feeders while discouraging the achievers. The seniority system is the worst motivator ever devised. It is, however, the best dues maximizer on the planet.

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dimmuborgirNov. 27, 10 6:20 PM

Imagine that. A union challenging a company policy on safety. Unions are useless unless you're a liberal.

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awshucksNov. 27, 10 6:24 PM

While I agree that the ultimate punishment for an inadverdent event, such as a forgotten phone ringing, may be steep and should be revisited, the ultimate goal of the new policy is clear. Drivers / operators of public transit should not even possess these devices while on duty, there's just too much temptation and too much margin for error. Now if we could only do something about the small but scary percentage of over-the-road truckers that are often spotted paying more attention to their mobile devices that to their driving...

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onslowNov. 27, 10 6:34 PM

A rule is a rule. If the MTC drivers are told to not talk on/have power on their cells then that is what they should do. It's not that difficult of a rule to follow. I drive school bus and the bus company says no cell phones and no one has a problem with that. I keep mine with me, with the power off, when I am driving in case of emergency or can not get a hold of base with the CB radio. I have never had to use it but if I did I would make sure that I never used it while the bus is in motion.

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officertruthNov. 27, 10 7:12 PM

I am union and I agree with the mgment on this one. Do they realize the liability of the transit if they crash, and/or kill someone? This isn't like showing up 10 minutes late for work.

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