Dems put union special interests over public safety.

Review: 54 MBTA workers failed drug tests but still on job

T’s two-strike policy slammed

By Edward Mason and Marie Szaniszlo

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The MBTA is clinging to a two-strike policy for substance abusers even as a Herald review shows a staggering 54 bus drivers, train and trolley operators and others who failed drug and alcohol tests since 2006 still have a ticket to ride.

The Herald requested T substance abuse test results for the past three years after a pair of Green Line crashes last month. The trolley operators were both fired after failing drug tests after the accidents, including one in which a Boston College student was struck….…

Unions lied, people died.

If you or I tested positive for drugs while driving our cars, we’d get a lot worse than a temporary suspension.  Public union hacks get much favorable treatment.  They should get worse.  The vehicles they operate transport hundreds of people.  If they cause an accident the vehicle they are driving weighs a hundred times more.

Thank you Sen. Hedlund for wanting to protect innocent citizens.  Union boss Stephan MacDougall should be ashamed of himself for putting us at risk, and for refusing to comment.

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  • Festus Garvey

    …is a Republican holdover, maybe the headline should say Republicans put special interest over public safety.  

    I see they’ve given you front page privileges…and what do we get with that…silly headlines like this or how a non-partisan City Council becomes a Republican City Council that is the Envy of MA…simplistic silly stuff that doesn’t even make it to the status of “spin”

    If you have front page posting abilities, start doing some heavy lifting and so some substance.

  • BrocktonDave

    If the DA in power in the jurisdiction in which these incidents took place had any integrity, they would prosecute these drivers to the fullest extent of the law.

    If they failed a drug test, and people died, then who cares if they were members of a union or not.

    The law is the law.  Losing a job should be the least of these folks problems.

  • Corie

    I agree that there’s nothing wrong with unions in theory, but why should THEY (or anyone) be above the law? That’s what gives them a bad name, and it’s unfortunate for those who are honest participants in one.

    On another note, I know the BC student who was struck by the train, and he was in a coma for a week! 🙁