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Ottawa bus drivers are really sick—especially on Fridays and sunny days

Swine flu isn’t the problem


 

The capital city is having a tough time keeping its fleet of buses on the road—and it’s not because of mechanical problems. In a memo distributed to staff (and subsequently posted on a local blog for all to see), a senior transit official criticized drivers for a major spike in sick days. Every weekday, nearly one in ten “Transpo” operators call in with the sniffles, an 11 per cent increase from the year before. The memo described the trend as a “major concern,” noting that “clear identifiable patterns exist such as increased absenteeism on Fridays, when experiencing good/poor weather and towards the end of a booking.” When asked about the memo, Alex Cullen, chair of the city’s transit committee, said managers are “just taking precautions” to make sure passengers aren’t inconvenienced.

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Ottawa bus drivers are really sick—especially on Fridays and sunny days

  1. fire them all and start over:)

  2. our tax dollars at work

  3. i knew someone who worked for the government, he was the fastest man on earth because he worked till 5:30 friday but was home by 3:30

    • We taxpayers are so fortunate to have such efficient people in Her Majesty's employ. And so many of them too!

  4. A few years back, the headline read "It's a miracle! Thousands cured!" The story was out of Italy. What happened? Did the Pope finally do something useful? Well, no. It was a crackdown on abuse of disability leave. Perhaps one of the most successful public health interventions since some guy put two and two together and broke off the bacteria-riddled water pump handle a few centuries back. OK, maybe since vaccines.

  5. where i work sick time is similar to vacation time ..it is just a banked amount of hours that you can use for anything or cash out …makes more sense to treat everybody equally as per benefits rather than rewarding people who CLAIM to be sick

    • After years of abuse by everyone, without penalty, "sick time" has morphed into exactly like vacation time.

      Next up, we shall see griping because somebody was actually sick and took a legitimate week and a half off to recover. Only to realize that he or she now doesn't have the same number of slack-off days as everyone else. Hey! No fair!

      • people won't abuse sick time if its treated the same as vacation time…if you waste it you aint gonna get much of a vacation…in fact, the incentive is to not waste the time …and everybody is treated the same …..fakers and non fakers

        • If I am understanding you right, and I think I am, it seems like you have it exactly backwards. The incentive has now become to not actually get truly sick, in order to maintain your bank of slack-off days. A total perversion of what these sick days were for to begin with.

          Although why that was not painfully obvious to all negotiating parties when this nonsense first started making it into collective agreements is beyond me.

        • If I am understanding you right, and I think I am, it seems like you have it exactly backwards. The incentive has now become to not actually get truly sick, not for the happiness of health per se, but rather in order to maintain your bank of slack-off days. A total perversion of what these sick days were for to begin with.

          Although why that was not painfully obvious to all negotiating parties when this nonsense first started making it into collective agreements is beyond me.

          • yup you are understanding me right, in fact where i work if i am sick i still go in….would rather save my banked days for something good …works for me woo hoo

  6. I think the only reasonable conclusion here is that possessing a union membership card is bad for your health, particularly in conjunction with good weather and Fridays.

    • So you just know the union will make its next negotiating position a four-day work week, what with that fifth day being so dangerous to health and all. The union will of course have *cough* independent *cough* studies pooh-poohing any association with trade unions or the weather. No, sir. It's those pesky Fridays.