Friday, August 14, 2015

Tucson Sun Tran Strikers: Day 9 in Images

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 2:11 PM

I've been hanging out with the Sun Tran strikers at the Ronstadt Transit Center, listening to the reasons they're so passionate about this protest. I met Kirk, who's been a bus driver for six years, and he told me about the time he was stabbed twice in the chest while on the job. Across the street, there was Julie, a Tucsonan who relies on the bus to get to work. Her route is among the more than 30 not in circulation at the moment, which caused her to lose her job. She will not be able to pay rent and fears being evicted.

We'll have a story on what we've been hearing from many of you out there on next week's issue. But here are some photographs I took this morning.

click to enlarge Sun Tran bus driver Kirk, right, was stabbed twice in the chest while on the job at the Roy Laos Transit Center. He demands better security. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
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  • Sun Tran bus driver Kirk, right, was stabbed twice in the chest while on the job at the Roy Laos Transit Center. He demands better security.


click to enlarge These two strikers brought their grandchild along. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
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  • These two strikers brought their grandchild along.

click to enlarge Julie is heading a movement with other bus riders, demanding the strike to end. She lost her job last week, because the route she takes to work isn't in transit at the moment. Unable to pay rent, she and her three children may be evicted, she says. She and maybe nine other people stood on the other side of the street protesting the strikers. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
  • Maria Inés Taracena
  • Julie is heading a movement with other bus riders, demanding the strike to end. She lost her job last week, because the route she takes to work isn't in transit at the moment. Unable to pay rent, she and her three children may be evicted, she says. She and maybe nine other people stood on the other side of the street protesting the strikers.


click to enlarge The Teamsters Local Union 104 released a new proposal Thursday night, but haven't heard a peep from Sun Tran reps, according to Teamsters spokesman Andrew Marshall. Five-hundred and thirty drivers, mechanics and station workers want better wages, improved security and for Sun Tran to deal with a mold problem, which strikers say raises a major health concern. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
  • Maria Inés Taracena
  • The Teamsters Local Union 104 released a new proposal Thursday night, but haven't heard a peep from Sun Tran reps, according to Teamsters spokesman Andrew Marshall. Five-hundred and thirty drivers, mechanics and station workers want better wages, improved security and for Sun Tran to deal with a mold problem, which strikers say raises a major health concern.

click to enlarge About 66,000 people rely on the bus, according to Sun Tran. Strikers say they sympathize, but they ultimately need to fight for their working conditions. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
  • Maria Inés Taracena
  • About 66,000 people rely on the bus, according to Sun Tran. Strikers say they sympathize, but they ultimately need to fight for their working conditions.

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