Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's For The Children!

Yeah. Tell me again how unions protect people from Evil Big Business.

School bus driver who flunked drug test can keep job, New York court rules
A New York bus driver who was fired after failing a random drug test should be reinstated, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday.

The Albany Times Union reports that the Court of Appeals' unanimous ruling supports the conclusion of an arbitrator who determined the firing of Cynthia DiDomenicantonio in November 2009 was too severe a punishment for the 10-year district employee.
Now, I don't know about you, but I *WANT* a strict punishment for using drugs as a school bus driver. Maybe I'm naive, a throwback to the olden days, but I would prefer the person piloting the twelve ton vehicle - with no seat belts - be free from any outside influence including but not limited to narcotics, barbiturates, opiates, hallucinogens, or other mind-altering substances.

Apparently, the thought that someone entrusted to chauffeur school-aged children to and from school without knocking back a few eight balls is too much for a union steward to bear, so they challenged the firing. The claim, apparently, is that the school didn't have the zero tolerance policy in place at the time of the union contract, so it was too strict of a punishment to fire the driver for failing a drug test. You kinda have to wonder what the driver would have to do before the punishment of firing her was not too strict...

It's great to know the union supports the right of school bus drivers to abuse drugs and keep their jobs, isn't it?

That is all.

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Ancient Woodsman said...

I've been wondering if the drug test wouldn't have been a means to give her a higher penalty due to the CDL required to drive a school bus, or even simply remove the 'passenger' endorsement from her for a while. I have a CDL and the penalties for DUI and various other offenses are far greater than for a regular operator's license.

Of course with the circumstances shown here, if one were to lose their CDL to drive a school bus, I'm guessing even that wouldn't be grounds to fire someone in NY. Which means that the employer has to find some other work for the driver while she waits out her penalty, and hire yet another (supposedly) clean driver to complete her route in the meantime. In turn, the union gets yet another employee to pay union dues...and the cycle continues.

At some point, the union will find a way to sponsor legislation that makes it a crime to reveal such records, so the parents of students affected by criminal & past-criminal bus drivers won't be able to find out if their kid is in danger. O focurse, the idea will be to avoid traumatizing the kids by making them suspect a shady driver, and instead foster their ignorance and thus complacency & false happiness.

Sounds ludicrous, but then again so does the idea that such a driver would keep their job in the first place. All this crap about "do it for the kids" will have the exact opposite effect over time.

Anonymous said...

She would have received five years here.


threecollie said...

I vote with you. When I heard this story yesterday I was stunned, although as a New Yorker, I guess I shouldn't have been.