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School-Bus Drivers Walk Off Job in Boston

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Interesting that it's not over money, but about their health care plan and a "tracking app".

  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    As usual, you're cherry-picking.

    Sounds like it's a lot more than they're concerned about being tracked. Sounds more like management is trying to make things a lot harder on them for very little reason.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    So requiring your employees to show up on time is bad.

    And keeping track of the kids they're responsible for is bad too.

    Yeah, that makes fucking sense.
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Baron, their own union isn't even with them on this one.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Shame on those drivers, for wanting to actually be paid:


  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Yet their union isn't supporting this. Odd that.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing it's because they were supposed to give some kind of notice of a strike, so kids wouldn't be left waiting, and didn't.

    And that they are legal procedures they must go through. But if they're not getting paid, it's pretty hard to convince someone not to do something drastic.
  8. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The union isn't supporting the strike because it has a contract with a grievance procedure that MUST be followed to address workplace issues.
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I don't get the objection to the tracking app.

    Municipal bus and train systems have been adding these functions for years. Delivery companies, and service companies use this kind of technology to track where their employees are.

    Chicago required GPS systems be installed on food trucks.

    Parents want to know where there kid is, and when he'll be home. Why would a driver be uncomfortable with them having this information? It's not like they're stopping off for a beer anyway. What's the big deal?
  10. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    It's still a workplace change that should be subject to negotiation. Unilateral actions rightly piss off unions.
  11. And in fact the very lucrative contract the membership has voted on and approved expressly forbids strikes.
  12. The GPS thing was in the contract too.

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