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MTD Doesn’t Cut, Yet


Thursday, August 22, 2013
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The Metropolitan Transit District board opted not to vote on massive cuts in bus service this week, extending the deadline for such action until 9/17. MTD’s “action” came in reaction to the federal Department of Labor, which likewise withheld taking any definitive action by the 8/16 deadline it had set on the release of billions of dollars in federal transit funds earmarked for more than 80 transit agencies throughout California. The feds held off because they’re currently negotiating with Governor Jerry Brown, whose recent pension reform act raised the ire of unions ​— ​and, in tune, the dissatisfaction of the Dept. of Labor officials ​— ​for being an affront to collective bargaining rights. Without the $4.6 million a year, MTD officials would likely lay off up to 50 drivers and cut services by 30 percent. MTD will hold another public hearing on the proposed cuts on 9/10.

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Thanks a lot MTD union members for standing in solidarity with your union cronies at the expense of everyone else in Santa Barbara, even though your own pensions were facing no problems. Selfish much? Stick to your own business next time.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2013 at 9:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do individual union members really have a say or is this some bureaucratic monstrosity that is overly administrated and needs to just be tossed out the window so we can start over?

I'm guessing we could re-structure MTD, hire back the bus drivers outside of the union, give them a $1/hour raise and not have to reduce very many routes until we can find an alternate funding source.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2013 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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