November 22, 2014

N.Y. bill prevents sex offenders from driving buses

The (New York) Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers. The bill (S.1519) would stop the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing or renewing a commercial driver’s license to operate a passenger or school bus to anyone who is a registered sex offender. Read the complete story [...]

Non-union bus drivers need our help

By Calvin StudivantAlternate vice president — Bus Department A tragic bus accident in New York City in March, which killed 15 passengers, has put an unfriendly spotlight on low-fare tour bus drivers. The driver of the ill-fated low-fare tour bus reportedly had previously been charged with driving on a suspended license, and it will be [...]

Riverside. Calif., school drivers return to UTU

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — School bus-driver members employed by First Student here have voted to return to the UTU, and an agreement negotiated prior to their departure has been implemented. First Student also agreed to provide retroactive pay in addition to wage increases, and the 120 drivers covered by the agreement also obtained advancement of seniority [...]

UTU bus drivers unite in HIV/AIDS battle

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SAN FRANCISCO — In this city, horribly devastated by HIV and AIDS, 24 members of UTU Local 1741 here are participating in a 565-mile bicycle trek to raise funds for support services and HIV prevention efforts. Twenty-four members of the school-bus local, under the leadership member Beau Thomson, have participated in the event since 2005. [...]

Bus operators too often face assaults

By Calvin StudivantAlternate Vice President, Bus Department There is no question that more must be done to protect bus operators. When operating a motor coach — whether carrying students, commuters, tourists or the handicapped – whenever we open the door, we are exposed to assaults. Just in recent weeks, a driver in Utah was injured [...]

Deiser: Distracted bus drivers a safety risk

By Richard DeiserVice president and director, Bus Dept. One of the most important issues facing the motor carrier industry is distracted driving. Safe driving requires total concentration — not just on our own part, as we must also worry about other drivers not paying attention to what they are doing. In fact, distraction can occur [...]