Detroit Buses to Roll Tuesday after Driver Protest

Created: 10/22/2013 6:52 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Fred A. Westbrook Jr., president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 speaks to the media during a rally Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013 outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Downtown Detroit.
Fred A. Westbrook Jr., president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 speaks to the media during a rally Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013 outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Downtown Detroit.
Photo: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Regina H. Boone

A union leader says a one-day drivers' protest is over and bus service will be back on the streets today in Detroit.
    
About 150 drivers held a rally Monday outside Detroit City Hall to demonstrate against what they say are a series of on-the-job attacks on drivers. The city halted bus service early Monday after drivers called in sick.
    
Local union President Fred Westbrook says that in the past week, two drivers were stabbed, one came under attack from three passengers and one had urine thrown on her.
    
Detroit city official Gary Brown tells The Associated Press that the union members voted 2-to-1 last week to reject a proposed contract with the city and says the timing of the sick-out is "no coincidence."
    
But the union said it wasn't behind the job action and couldn't do anything if drivers call in sick.

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