Transit System Hit By Barrage Of Driver Absences Resolves To Solve Labor Dispute

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2011 12:23am

The Gold Coast Transit System’s Board of Directors has told its legal counsel to make contact with union members, to try to settle a labor dispute that’s disrupted service.

The transit service serving Western Ventura County has been forced to cancel service on a number of routes all week long, because of a shortage of bus drivers.  District officials say so many drivers have been calling in sick that they couldn’t provide all scheduled service, although union members earlier this week told KCLU there wasn’t a planned union action.

About 120 members of Service Employees International Union Local 720 have been working without a contract since last fall.  One of the main issues is working conditions, with drivers upset over the use of onboard video cameras which they say may be used against them.  Gold Coast riders are being urged to check the bus system’s website, or call for up to date information on bus service changes.

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