In Boston school district officials want to install GPS locators on school buses so they can ensure that drivers are keeping the bus on route and to avoid incidents like this one.
Sounds like a good idea, right? Apparently the bus drivers union doesn't think so.
Boston Herald - Hub school bus drivers blasted city councilors as racists and segregationists yesterday for not approving their contract, delivering another salvo in an escalating war of words between the two. "It's political payback from those councilors like Jimmy Kelly and John Tobin who have based their entire political careers on trying to roll back the civil rights movement,'' said Steven Gillis, president of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union. The comments made at a press conference were the latest battle that began with a City Council hearing about installing global
positioning system tracking devices on school buses. Union steward Andre Francois was more blunt, saying the City Council was attacking bus drivers to try to get rid of busing. "Almost 50 years later we still have to deal with these guys who want to keep the black down,'' he said.
It sounds to me that racism is a dodge in this case, and that the real reason the Union wants to block these devices is that their members won't be able to disappear during the school day.
I can envision the unions cheifs talking: First they came for the school buses, then they came for the letter-carrier trucks!!
With a hat-tip to Rob at Say Anything.
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