I’m basically pro-union, but this is ridiculous. The school bus drivers walked off their jobs in Boston with no warning this morning, leaving thousands of kids stranded at bus stops. One of their main complaints? The school district implemented a smartphone app that lets parents (and administrators) determine precisely where a given bus is at any moment. The drivers complain that this is a “Big Brother” tactic involving “spying.”
Huh? In what way did this GPS system give anyone any control over the drivers as they claim? District officials said the purpose of the app was go let parents determine more accurately when the buses would arrive at their stops and to easily locate a bus involved in an accident or mechanical problems. But even if the main intent was to allow administrators to better track drivers’ performance, in what way is that bad? The buses don’t belong to the drivers. The drivers aren’t allowed to change routes, at least not without a good reason. I’m sorry, but I can’t see a single valid point on the side of the drivers here.
The GPS is clearly a red herring. The drivers had recently signed a new labor agreement but the company overseeing their activities had made some policy changes drivers didn’t like, including re-routing some buses.
I am in favor of allowing public employee unions the right to call work stoppages, but not to risk the safety of children in the process. The absence of a formal notice of intent to strike from the union here renders their actions in my mind inexcusable and dangerous. Hiding behind a “spy conspiracy” involving a GPS is downright stupid.