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Bus Drivers and The Right to Pee

TransitCenter StreetsBlogDenver
“We’re in a different world today, where management is all about the money and the company’s bottom line, but where’s the dignity of a person?”

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The Metrobus Driver Strike Is Nearing Month Two

Elliot C. Williams DCist
Over the course of nearly a month, the DC bus drivers strike has intensified: other groups, including a flight attendant union and local union musicians, have joined the picket line. 

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Larry Hanley Was a Transformational Labor Leader.

Larry Cohen Working In These Times
Larry understood that the very existence of mass transit depended on those riders who most depended on it, most often Black, Latino and immigrant workers.

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A Win for Pittsburgh Public Transit

Paul Le Blanc and Jonah McAllister-Erickson The Bullet
PPT's assertion that "public mass transit is part of the infrastructure of any healthy and metropolitan area" made sense not only to the labour movement, but also to significant elements in the business community, gaining support from Democrats, Republicans, independents and Greens, as well as socialists. A wedge was driven into the Republican administration itself, between the secretary of transportation and the extreme right-wing elements.

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Still on Strike, a Bus Union Sees a Threat to Its Culture

Al Baker The New York Times
Each August, just before the start of school, more than 1,000 drivers for the Atlantic Express school bus company gather in a lot in the shadow of Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. For the drivers, it is the event of the year, one repeated at lots all over the city, and is known simply as “the pick.”
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