The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Bus Drivers Strike

Oct 28, 2013

City of Detroit bus drivers had to take safety into their own hands on Monday, October 21. Hundreds of drivers on both day shift and afternoon shift called in sick, shutting down bus service in Detroit.

Drivers notified passengers on Friday to try and make other arrangements over the weekend to prepare for a Monday sick-out.

The chief of police and the head of transportation for Detroit responded to this job action right away. By Monday afternoon, millions of dollars had been “found” to improve security! City leaders admitted there are not enough buses on the road and that overcrowding makes passengers angry.

Drivers did not sit home alone but rallied together at city hall. Drivers testified to the TV news about being shot at, choked and stabbed by furiously angry passengers.

It is only by workers standing together that management will do anything to improve bus safety or service.