Labor Beat: Bus Drivers Get Assaulted, Then Fired
Two Bus Drivers for the Chicago Transit Authority tell their stories about being assaulted by passengers, and then not getting defended by management. While the drivers performed difficult jobs in city traffic, passengers hurled racist slurs, spat, maced, punched, and pulled knives on them. And then CTA made their very bad day worse: they were fired. The CTA uses such incidents as an excuse to undervalue drivers and to reduce the number of higher-paid seniority operators, rather than to defend them as the professionals they are.