Burlington Bus Drivers Volunteer Pay Cut; Riders Tell City Council of Their Support
The Burlington City Council heard a bomb-shell last night from the union that represents the city’s bus drivers.
They’ve volunteered to take pay cuts in exchange for keeping their jobs, and keeping the city bus service under city control. That was AFSCME Local 828 President Sherry Riney’s announcement and it was met by a moment of what appeared to be shocked silence. She then went on to outline the savings to the city: $229,000 over three years.
A number of riders packed the council chambers to show their concern about losing city service and their beloved drivers. With the Union’s offer, the city and it’s bus system are close to where they need to be financially. The Council will make it’s decision on the 17th.
At one point during the public hearing, Mayor Jim Davidson addressed a concern that he has a conflict of interest by serving on the Regional Planning Commission, the group that would take over the bus system if the city drops it. Davidson, Becky Anderson, and Shane McCampbell all thanked the drivers for their offer.