Bright & Early: Middle Ground Edition

January 25, 2010 10:00 AM 3 comments

Good morning, Nashville. The Metro Transit Association has narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous bus strike after reaching an agreement with Nashville bus drivers.  In recent weeks, drivers have been threatening to strike over a change in contract that would allow MTA to fire them after eight unplanned absences. They initially implemented this rule because they actually had to hire 27 new drivers just to cover the shifts of those who called in last-minute absences, but they’ll soon be overturning it to avoid the strike.

Photo by Paul Nicholson.

  • http://twitter.com/CeeElCee Chris Chamberlain

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  • christopherjoel

    Seriously? Eight unexcused absences and these guys are whining? The MTA should fire them if they're going to miss that much. They need to learn to be responsible and show up for work, otherwise they can work elsewhere. I don't of many places that would accept that kind of work ethic…

  • http://www.thomasaka.com Thomas

    Whew that was a close call! If the “show up for work” requirement had gone through, that would have opened the door to all kinds of crazy MTA driver requirements like “obeying traffic laws” and “driving safely”!