Teamsters upset about Craigslist ads for Sun Tran drivers
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Ads recently posted on Craigslist for temporary drivers during the Sun Tran strike are causing controversy.
The Teamsters Local 104 Union held a press conference on Wednesday to express their concern that ads were posted in several cities across the country looking for bus drivers to fill their positions during the bus strike.
Teamsters officials said it's wrong to hire people from outside the Tucson area, and it is wrong to pay them such high wages.
"Once they are hired they are guaranteed that time and if you add all that up the pay, [plus] the airfare from Orlando, Florida you get $9,776 for that commitment for that person," said Teamster Spokesman Andrew Marshall.
The ads were posted to Craigslist days ago, and were taken down on Wednesday.
The ads state temporary employees will be paid $21 an hour and would receive overtime, room and board and a round trip flight back to their city once their commitment is over.
City officials said they weren't aware of the ads.
"I do not have knowledge of that," said Michael Ortega, city manager for the City of Tucson.
Tucson News Now asked Sun Tran spokesperson Kandi Young, about the ads and she sent this statement:
"Sun Tran has a contract with the City of Tucson and is obligated to provide bus service to the community. Sun Tran has contracted with an outside vendor to provide a small number of coach operators to fulfill its contractual obligations. The cost for the temporary drivers to provide limited service will not exceed the transit adopted budget."
Young also said Sun Tran was looking to hire 15 drivers.
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