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Don't blame bus drivers II

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Letter to the Editor
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

On Aug. 14, the Trib ran an editorial cartoon showing bus driver Ralph Kramden expressing a wish to move to Pittsburgh upon learning that some Port Authority drivers had earned $80,000 in overtime pay.

As one who is old enough to remember well “The Honeymooners” TV show in which Jackie Gleason played Kramden, I am confident that Kramden would never have entertained such a notion.

Why? Because Ralph, like most of us, enjoyed his time off and would have been well aware that the only way a bus driver could make that much in overtime would be to virtually live at the job and therefore have no life outside of that job.

Further, I doubt that Ralph would wish to move to a city with a newspaper that apparently believes workers should not be paid for their time worked.

Obviously, to make that amount of money, a Port Authority driver would have had to work far more hours than usual and only with the permission of and request by management to do so.

If there is that much overtime available, it certainly is not the fault of the drivers who agree to work it, but of the Port Authority management, which has, by its own admission, failed to hire enough drivers to staff the routes.

Should those drivers who are willing to work extra hours to keep the buses running and routes covered work for free?

Of course not. Would you?

Mel Packer

Point Breeze

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