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Pittsburgh Port Authority strikes again

Yup … they’re thinking about striking again …. for what????

  • They are some of the highest paid in the nation.
  • They can pretty much drive anyway they want and not get ticketed.
  • Some of the newbies start at wages higher that what I get and I’ve been working my industry for 20 years.
  • They will still get to retire at 60 while the rest of us will have to work until we are dead.
  • They will still get some level of pension – that word isn’t in most people’s vocabulary anymore.
  • (this list could go on for about 3 pages … but I’ll be nice)

Check out the article in the Post-Gazette.

So .. Onorato wants to push them to be financially responsible (considering bad management pretty much blew most of the authority’s money – why don’t the employees now find those management persons and hang THEM?) … so they want to sue him

I’m all for unions (had lots of family in them) – but this is where the unions shoot themselves in the foot (remember the unions at the steel mills – ya don’t see the steel mills anymore do you?) and eventually hurt their members and the city itself.

So to the Port Authority ……. WTF? Why are you complaining when you have it better than 90% of the city? And you wonder why Pittsburghers have a growing disdain towards PAT bus drivers.

To Onorato …… maybe you would ask a private company to come in and give the Port Authority a little competition and new perspective on the issue?

Again, to the Port Authority ….. WTF?

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  1. July 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I want to earn their money and benefits and soon i will! I HAVE HAD AN INTERVIEW AND WILL START WORKING SOON!

  2. David
    July 16, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I work for pat for 10 years in maintenance. You can say what you want but no-one is complaining here! We want status quo and everything remains the same. What you fail to understand is the budget every year includes my benefits there is no extra cost to taxpayers.Do you think in this economy $44,000.00 a year is terrific money? Look at the management past and present and you determine who’s screwing who. If you want so bad come work here it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. By the way I work 8 hours with a group of very talented and skilled men who I would not trade for any $14.00 an hour crackhead with no license. Yes unions can be stupid but you must stand your ground against capitalist pigs like Onorato who are seeking personal gain from his efforts. We have fought and won to earn decent wages and protect the public from idiots who are untrained and at $14.00 per hour wait till you see the turnover of employees.Some jobs require sober skilled workers. Would Duquesne Light hire these same crackheads who complain about us and more importantly would you want these types working on your line after the Methadone Clinic? Think before you speak and be careful what you wish for. If you want the true problems with the Port look to management and politics.

  3. Chrisjaye
    August 29, 2008 at 8:28 am

    We are talking about the drivers and not maintenance. And I have seen the condition of many buses, most are in poor condition and break down as soon as they leave the garage (I know from personal experience so I would blow my position up, I hear maintenance is a JOKE at PAT) What I don’t understand is why make it harder for people to get to work. PAT drivers make a substantially higher amount then over half if not more of a daily rider. You guys are paid well to serve a purpose. Driving a bus is not brain surgery, if you want salaries in the six-figures GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL! Like I do.

  4. ted
    September 15, 2008 at 2:18 am

    I agree with the comment about bringing in a private company. Maybe then Port Authority workers will have the reality check they need so much. $44,000 a year is not such a bad amount of money in the city of Pittsburgh… and like the last comment said “It’s not brain surgery”.

  5. September 27, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    The Pork Authority is going the same way the Steel industry went, the union will destroy. I say dump the whole problem and start from scratch..I am sure any private company will have hundreds of qualified candidates for all positions lining up for the jobs.
    Why do we keep feeding this wasteful pig with taxpayers money? every year they need another 30 million..It has to stop

  6. Stella Blue
    October 29, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Someone claiming that the unions killed the steel mills knows not what they speak of. The ATI plant in Brackenridge just announced a $1.2 billion dollar investment and the workers are USWA. ATI kept their plants up to date unlike the J&L,USS,Weirton,etc.

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