ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Is it a “sick-out,” or just a really bad bug going around?
Several Metro bus drivers called in sick this morning, leaving some routes running late as the agency scrambled to find replacements.
Michael Breihan, president and business agent with ATU Local 788, says this wasn’t organized by union bosses, but he knows many drivers are upset with the company. He says that’s partly because they’ve gone nearly six years without a pay raise.
“On the 18th of February, we gave the agency a final proposal, and still haven’t received a response back from that,” Breihan says.
Breihan says he was told on Friday that the union can expect a response from Metro later this week.
Metro president John Nations says 70 workers called in sick—10 times the daily average—and that impacted 29 bus routes, but none in Illinois.
Regarding disciplinary action if this was, in fact, a union ploy, Nations says they’ll reserve judgment for the time being. He does note, though, that the number of sick workers is much higher than what would normally call in.
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