Bus union asks for better working conditions

Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 18:37:23-05

Despite reaching a contract with Milwaukee County Transit System, the bus union is asking for more changes to working conditions.

Union President James Macon says drivers are quitting because things are getting so bad.

RELATED: Drivers' union, MCTS reach tentative agreement

He and several other union members brought a petition with hundreds of signatures to the county board Wednesday morning, pointing out security concerns, among other things.

“I've been attacked. I've been spit on. I've been cussed out. I've been whatever you can imagine out there. It's really bad,” said MCTS Bus Driver Joyce Jones.

MCTS officials were also at the board meeting detailing a security report. The report shows from 2010 to 2015 fights on buses are up 34 percent. Fare disputes are up 82 percent. But assaults on passengers and on bus drivers are down.

“We have a good sound program. We're looking at incidents. Some occur once a month. Some occur once a week. Some occur every day or every other day,” said MCTS President Daniel Boehm.

Wednesday's meeting was simply for informational purposes and no action was taken.

Read the full security report here