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08/06/04

Union Wants Laidlaw Drivers to Join

Some folks aren't too pleased with Laidlaw, the company that runs the bus service for Chatham County schools. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union say they've heard a lot of complaints from bus drivers about wages and benefits. Now they are trying to help bus drivers unionize.

"They have some serious issues, particularly with pensions, retirements and health insurance," said Calvin Kennedy with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1324.

Laidlaw officials say their bus drivers only work part time and they do every thing they can to accommodate them. 

"Our employees, even though they do a great job, but the job based on the amount of hours, on the insurance industry is rated as a part time job," said Laidlaw's Rufus Smith.

The ATU will only file with the union if they get 70 percent of the bus drivers showing an interest in joining. Right now they have 30 percent.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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