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18% of drivers call in sick as AC Transit struggles to keep buses rolling during contract dispute

Original post made on Jul 20, 2010

AC Transit officials apologized to riders Monday after 18 percent of the district's bus operators allegedly called in sick due to labor disputes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 7:33 AM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

I hope they are fired. I am out of work and would love the opportunity to work for the pay and benefits they currently get.

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Posted by Albert
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Many busses have no more than a few people in them, often two or three, there are too many anyway...Take half of them out of service and they wouldn't be missed. Ronald Reagan handled it the right way with the Air Traffic Controlers, can their butts. I am sure there are a lot of truck drivers out of work that could learn the bus routs very quickly.

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Posted by easy to make the cuts now
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

It is easy to see where AC Transit can cut 18% of the costs. Eliminate the jobs of those who did the sick-out. These jobs are paid for by the taxpayers like me and I do not appreciate those workers essentially stealing from me.

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Posted by Kitty_Cali
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

Everyone else is getting paid less having to pay for more of their own health insurance these days. Why should the employees of AC Transit be any different?

I'm a frequent rider of ACTransit and am extremely disappointed in those that are participating in the 'sick out'. They should be fired. But, wait, they can't be fired because of the Union. There are too many people that would welcome those jobs...

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Posted by Willo
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Did some research and found out that AC Transit used US taxpayer money to purchase buses in Belgium, and continue to do so. Also found out that a bus company named Gillig produces buses nationwide and is located in Hayward, approximatly 2 miles from AC Transits Hayward yard. Can someone tell my why my tax dollars are going overseas? We should use money to help our local economy. Do drivers get paid well? Sure they do! But in comparison to other transit agencies in the area (Bart, Muni, Vta, SamTrans), AC Transit appears to be on the low end. AC Transit drivers go through many low income areas that depend on public transit. AC Transit, go back to the barganing table and get this over with!

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