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Wed April 13, 2011
Driver sick-out idles dozens of Detroit busses
Bus service has been disrupted in Detroit today, with dozens of drivers calling in sick to attend a labor rally in Lansing.
Lovevett Williams is with the city of Detroit’s Department of Transportation. She said the sick-out cut bus service by about 20 percent.
"This is similar to when we had the real bad snow and a lot of people called off, and the weather was so bad we had delays."
Williams said 55 of the city's 252 busses were idled because of the sick-out. But some bus riders, like Richard Mapes, didn’t seem to mind the extra wait:
"I’m with em. They gotta do what they gotta do. We don’t need this state to be a right-to-work state. This is a union state."
Officials with Detroit’s Department of Transportation said routes were re-worked so that no one was left without service, but delays averaged about 30 minutes.