Great moments in union contracts

Following up on the sensational Blue Line crash at the Chicago Transit Authority’s O’Hare Airport terminus: “The CTA’s contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union authorizes the agency to fire rail operators who have had two serious safety violations in a short period of time [emphasis added], and officials said the two incidents when [Brittney] Haywood dozed off qualify her for termination.” Falling asleep just once at the controls of a train wasn’t enough! [CBS Chicago] More: Bill Zeiser, American Spectator.


  • Why are you being so judgmental? After all the passengers are allowed to sleep on the train so why shouldn’t the operator? It boggles the mind to know that they need two incidents in a short time (whatever that means) to fire the operator. Next they will claim a medical reason (Narcolepsy?) and will sue under the ADA to prevent her from being fired.

  • Reminds me of an old one-liner joke: I want to die quietly in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror and agony like his passengers.