Capitol Metro drivers considering strike

Capitol Metro drivers considering strike

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Every day people get off and on Capital Metro Buses. The drivers say they're not being treated fairly.

"We have a ton of unfair labor practice charges," said Jay Wyatt, the local President of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

They may be slamming their brakes soon.

"They came in and gutted our contract, and said we gonna put in what we want you to have, not actually having good faith negotiations at all," Wyatt said.

 

Members recently voted in favor of a strike against McDonald transit, a contractor for drivers and mechanics for Capital Metro.

"We have 80 routes and McDonald provides service to 44 of those routes," said Dan Dawson, the Vice President of Capital Metro.

He says negotiations have been ongoing since July. If nothing happens soon, a strike will happen for the third time just in time for the Formula 1 Race.

"We'll be in the global spotlight and we certainly want to look good and want to make sure our transit services reflect our world-class city," Dawson said.

"I'm thinking that it possibly do have something to do with that because hopefully Capital Metro might have a little bit better understanding about getting this thing resolved if they have a reason to," said Wyatt.

Their plan is to provide as much service as possible, based on the number of people who show up for work.

"We have some people who work for Cap Metro directly who actually do have their licenses, so we may pull those people in to drive," said Dawson. "They have to have the appropriate license, it has to be up to date. They have to be in good standing. They have to have had their drug testing done."

Downloading the new phone app will also help regular riders and visitors.

"If a strike does happen, we have been able to program the trip planner to incorporate all the routes that might be closed or not operating," Dawson said.

Wyatt commented, "Why would you prepare for a strike if you can resolve something?"

"We would like for the public to know it's not something we're doing to try and hurt them, we're just trying to protect our people and our families," said Wyatt.

All bus, rail and shuttle services dedicated to the Circuit of the Americas will not be affected if a strike happens.

Day to day updates will be available via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Another back up plan is to contract drivers from another company, but that would cost Capital Metro extra money.

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