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.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.
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.
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?
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