Milwaukee County Transit System bus drivers would be allowed to carry firearms, under a proposal pushed by the driver’s union.
ATU Local 998 Union President James Macon says the latest twist in their contract negotiations comes after drivers voiced concerns over their safety.
” Our security is a joke, ” Macon tells WTMJ . ” It’s just for protection that’s all. ”
Earlier this month a woman was charged after allegedly attacking a driver with a knife. ATU members in both Kentucky and Utah are currently allowed to carry concealed weapons on the job.
MCTS is pushing back.
” Mr. Macon’s public demand to arm bus drivers is an irresponsible proposal, ” Kristina Hoffman, MCTS Marketing and Communications Director said in a statement. ” Our next negotiation date is June 3rd and we will address all contract issues at that time. ”
Buses are safe, insists MCTS . In 2018, 30-million rides were given and there were only fifteen acts of aggression towards drivers, according to the transit system.
Macon believes it’s the cheapest way to ensure safety.
” It won’t cost the company a dime, ” he says. ” Our drivers already have their own weapons and concealed carry licenses. ”