Transit workers and riders, unite! | Al Jazeera America
Many such allegations are being made in advance of labor negotiations.
In Houston and Chicago, labor contracts for bus drivers are set to
expire next year. A raft of smaller cities will also face new contract
negotiations. Commuters may be looking warily at these labor
negotiations as a potential inconvenience to their daily transit
routines. Municipal managers often try to oppose commuters’ demand for
reliable, quality service in the name of benefits to transit workers. In
Portland, Oregon, for example, TriMet, which provides bus, light rail
and commuter rail service for the metro area, faced a projected budget
shortfall of $17 million. TriMet is blaming a large percentage of the deficit on a convenient scapegoat: supposedly unsustainable health care costs for union employees.
This is nothing more than a divide and conquer tactic.