Phoenix bus drivers go on strike Friday after members vote down the latest offer from their company, Transdev. Thursday’s vote yielded a 91% rejection from the rank-and-file. Protesters say the deal comes up short on pay, working conditions, fair vacation time and sick day pay. As a

result, 34 routes have been impacted, although 5 have been restored to limited service. Some of the drivers say the company has also not delivered a satisfactory response to the challenges of trying to reach a bathroom while on the job. Union officials claim some drivers deal with the situation by wearing diapers.

Meanwhile, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is demanding bus drivers get back to work. Friday had both sides back at the bargaining table in hopes of breaking the stalemate.

The work stoppage makes for bad timing in light of weekend festivities leading up to Monday’s National Championship game.

–Barbara Villa

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