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Rob Slingerland 
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Re: “GMT Driver Who Ordered Students Off Bus Is Reinstated

As we speak, there are still drivers that are not comfortable doing those runs! The video proved the allegations to be false. There isn't an ounce of racism between the drivers, which includes all kinds of ethnic backgrounds. The simple fact is that the people in charge failed to enforce what was already in place. Years of complaints from the drivers were ignored. Nothing done from the company, the school district or the local officials. It had to come to this to show where the REAL failure was and it wasn't on that driver! We have all raised kids and we know when "kids will be kids", but when it crossed the line, the complaints fell of deaf ears. We now have a "code of conduct" created by the School district and the company. We had one before. We will see. Enforcement is the key to a safer ride for ALL children. Thanks to all who commented with a level head. Politics clouded what really happened and that was the driver couldn't operate safely nor should any driver operate under those conditions, on ANY route!

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Posted by Rob Slingerland on 09/20/2019 at 3:56 AM

Re: “Bus Fair? CCTA Drivers Get Ready to Strike

"Watterson said none of those complaints were voiced in the bargaining session. He said he learned about them through union comments to the media."

When Bill Watterson was hired, 5 of us drivers went to him through the OPEN DOOR policy. Tim Bradshaw was present at that meeting. We spent over 2 hours telling him of our issues. He spoke of "Working together as a team", "I cant have drivers going out on the road to do their job with stress from inside", There's definitely a divide of distrust between the departments. I cant build the best transit authority if we have this divide. I NEED good drivers. We have to find a way to work this out and get rid of the distrust."

Yet, NOTHING! Nothing has changed. Its gotten worse and after that meeting, we drivers haven't seen or spoke to him. He gave a similar speech in a meeting where we were going over survey results. It was pointed out to him then, that there's been no change and he has done nothing. To read that he found this stuff out through the media is laughable!!!!!!!

I am very sad that it has come to this. Its VERY VERY far from being the best Transit Authority! The drivers are making a stand and its the drivers AND the public that are paying for that stand.

"Scheduling is a very complex system." Really? Its so complex that they've admitted they haven't updated the software for 5 YEARS!! How do you let the heart of the bus lines operate without the needed UPDATES?? The system, Hastus, has become known as "Hostage" to us drivers. Fare boxes breaking down EVERY DAY! One driver said "How can you keep buying new when you cant even fix the old?" And again, who pays? Us and the public! Bad routes, bad schedules, late connections = late passengers, disgruntled passengers, etc. We have a Labor Management Committee which includes 4 drivers and 4 managers. Bill W. and Tim B. are among those managers. They want to re-name the committee to the "Scheduling Committee." They do NOT want us to have ANY say in ANYTHING but that! As its been stated from Management "You aren't here to run the company."

We drivers understand what the impact will be if we strike. WE are taxpayers as well. WE see what's going on and we are shot down every time! We have now reached the end of our rope. One thing we have learned through all of this is there's no TEAMWORK here!

As I said, its very sad that its come to this AGAIN! All we want to do is come to work, greet our passengers with a smile and do our job and then go home.

Have you ever heard "Don't make your people do what YOU YOURSELF wouldn't do?" Maybe the only way to get Bill W. to understand what we have been trying to tell him is to have him work one week, on the bus, under the same conditions we have to work under. I wonder how that would end up.......

I've got to go to work........

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Posted by Rob Slingerland on 03/06/2014 at 4:46 AM

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