Great moments in unionized public employee tenure

by Walter Olson on January 29, 2013

Broward County, Fla. transit bus driver Larry Moore “was disciplined 19 times” and “was held responsible for nine accidents with other South Florida drivers.” After a so-called last-chance warning in 2008 he “went on to be disciplined seven more times, for five preventable accidents and two clashes with customers, county personnel records show.”

The Sun Sentinel reported earlier this month that one driver, Charles Butler, who cost taxpayers $73,005 in a lawsuit settlement, was involved in 21 accidents while driving a county bus. Twelve were deemed preventable, and 10 involved him hitting another driver. He is still driving, despite having reached the firing threshold. …

[Transit director Tim] Garling said the county follows the union contract, which calls for progressive levels of discipline.

[Sun-Sentinel, newspaper's earlier coverage of Butler case here and here]