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Re: “Burlington Bus Strike Strands Man With Broken Nose

Two things...Harold supports the drivers and his caseworker got him a ride....Why didn't 7Days tell us that?

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Posted by ronj1955 on 03/30/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “CCTA Negotiations Crumble, Bus Strike Headed for Week Three

Hello people, the solution is simple. CCTA management should sign off on the latest offer from the drivers. They had that opportunity Friday night. Instead they chose to use that opportunity to demand more concessions from the drivers.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 03/30/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “St. Michael's Custodians Sign Union Contract; First for School

Congrats to the custodians! It's rather telling that it took a union struggle for Mr. New to learn that "administrators and managers should listen to their employees." CCTA management could learn from that statement!

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Posted by ronj1955 on 03/30/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Optimism For CCTA Deal; Drivers May Vote Tomorrow

Let's build the rally and let's help make a fair contract happen!!

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Posted by ronj1955 on 03/28/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “CCTA: Board May Consider Outside Avenues to End Strike, Including Temporary Drivers

I find the comments above to be (for the most part) completely and totally the opposite of my experience riding CCTA buses for over twenty years--every day to work, shop and to events around Burlington. I have ridden every bus line in the Winooski-Essex, Burlington-Williston nexus. I have never experienced anything but courtesy and professionalism from the drivers. I truly feel that the drivers care about the riders, even the ones who treat them like dirt, argue with them and ignore their reasonable requests. On the other hand, the threats above from Mr. Watterson and his board indicate to me the lack of concern CCTA management has for its customers. After all, it is CCTA management that refuses to bargain in good faith here. They have submitted what is essentially the same contract three times to the drivers and ALL THREE TIMES it has been voted down. As a working person, this makes it clear to me that management does not care about the company and would rather ruin the reputation of the bus system than help engineer a disciplinary system where drivers felt they could truly defend themselves when accused of company rules violations. As a bus rider, Watterson's comments and management's actions tell me that riders are secondary to management's desire to control their workers. If this isn't the case, then why hasn't management come to the table genuinely ready to bargain on the issues holding up the drivers' ratification of a contract? As for Seven Days, their coverage of this situation has been appalling in its lack of fairness. I hope they will remedy this with an interview telling the drivers side of the story. CCTA management got themselves into this mess and now they are trying to get out of it by blaming their workers. Don't help them out. By the way, the real word for temporary driver is scab.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 03/25/2014 at 7:15 PM

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