Fiscal discipline is unheard of maxim for union members
No doubt buoyed by unionist demands in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, Phoenix Valley Metro bus drivers are now protesting. Marching and chanting “We want a contract,” forty of the city’s drivers are participating in a “sickout,” protesting this morning outside of a “Friends of Transit Event” where Phoenix’s Mayor Philly Gordon received an award. And wouldn’t you know? The City of Phoenix, itself, is part of the group making the presentation.
The daily reports that the dispute is between Veolia Transportation Services, which runs 33 city bus routes out of 99, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433. The union is one of three unions representing Valley Metro bus drivers.
Last May 19, the daily reported that the City of Phoenix approved an agreement that will pay up to $27.5 million to end the city’s three-year contract with Paris-based bus contractor Veolia, including an additional $13.5 million over five years to the company’s pension plan and $2 million for accumulated sick leave for Veolia workers. The City of Phoenix then negotiated a new 5-year, $388 million contract with Veolia that began July 1, 2011.
Those familiar with this site are aware it is no fan of Mayor Gordon, his sanctuary-city policies, or deal-making misadventures. But times are tough. The drivers should be glad they’re working. Lots of people aren’t.