Metro: Buses run on time day after dozens of drivers call in sick

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by KMOV.com staff & Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 10:41 AM

(KMOV.com) – Metro St. Louis said all buses  were running on time Tuesday morning, a day after dozens of drivers called in sick causing massive delays.

According to Metro officials, more than 70 bus drivers called in sick on Monday, more than 10 times the normal absence rate. Officials said some bus routes were running up to 90 minutes behind at one point.

Metro officials speculated the number of drivers who called in sick could have been because the St. Louis Cardinals held their home opener Monday.

 

The agency also speculated it could be connected to contract negotiations that are ongoing between the bus drivers’ union and Metro.

Contract talks between Metro and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 have gone on for several months, but union leaders say they did not encourage drivers to call in sick. Still, they say drivers may have been frustrated by the lack of progress in contract negotiations.

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