As general chairman of the United Transportation Union, representing the more than 5,000 men and women who operate the buses of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, I have recently been put into the position of having to defend the overwhelming majority of our members for the alleged wrongdoings of a very few.
The catalyst in the situation was an accident in which many persons were injured, when the driver of a bus, which rear-ended another, was tested positive for cocaine.
This union in no way excuses the behavior of any person who operates a public vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There is no excuse for such a person, and there is no place for them on the RTD.
However, overlooked in the flurry of public statements and outcry is the fact that with a few exceptions our members are doing a tremendous job for the public under the most trying circumstances imaginable..