Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bus drivers lodge complaints at Council Meeting

An unexpected gripe session broke out at last night's Common Council meeting between drivers for Middletown Area Transit, and it's owner, Thomas Cheeseman. Sloan Brewster covers the story in the Middletown Press this morning.

Mayor Sebastian Giuliano, presiding over the Council meeting, suggested that the give and take between drivers and Cheeseman, who was accompanied by his attorney, was not appropriate at the Council meeting.

Questions remain, however. The town helps fund MAT, and drivers have made accusations of unsafe buses, on-the-job harassment and unjustified dismissals.

It seems that as a major funder, the City of Middletown ought to be concerned about vehicle and passenger safety, and the legitimacy of labor complaints.

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