ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Metro bus drivers reported to work on time this morning and officials with the transit company say everything is running smoothly.
That wasn’t the case yesterday, when riders were left stranded at bus stops across St. Louis wondering when their ride to work would arrive.
Dozens of Missouri bus lines were affected when 70 drivers called in sick—10 times the normal absentee rate—as contract negotiations with Metro continue to drag.
Michael Breihan, president and business agent with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788, says it wasn’t an organized sick out, but notes that some of the drivers and mechanics have been upset over not receiving a contract.
He says the drivers haven’t had a pay raise since June of 2008.
But Metro president and CEO John Nations says that’s not completely accurate.
“What has not happened is the wage structure has not changed,” he says. “But as you work here and you progress in seniority, you get raises.”
Union officials expect to hear back from the company on their latest contract proposal sometime this week.
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