Bus drivers picket on day two of the strike
There are bus drivers picketing at various locations throughout the city Thursday. It is day two of a planned strike. There's also a transit rally planned Thursday night at 5:00 pm at the Milwaukee County Courthouse according to Union President James Macon.
The drivers all walked off the job early Wednesday morning and plan to be off for another day and half. Some have said they plan to come back after the three day strike.
CBS 58 spoke to MCTS spokesman Brendan Conway Thursday morning. Conway is prepared for the drivers to return. He said they are welcome to come back any time since the drivers voluntarily walked off.
The drivers said this whole strike boils down to pensions and part-timers. When asked about thousands of people being left without transportation. Some bus drivers were sympathetic but still believe the strike is necessary.
\"I can only say that I feel sorry for them,\" MCTS bus driver Mark Davis said. \"I don't want to do this. We're trying to provide family-supporting jobs here. They want to bring in part-timers which is going to cut down on family-supporting jobs as well as benefits along with that package. That's what we're here for.\"
The union says they plan to go back to work after the three-day strike.